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28 November 2012 @ 09:29 pm
Shoes and exercise  
Went to the gym this evening. I've been going the cross-trainer thing in my climbing shoes, because usually the alternative is birkenstocks, which don't really seem like appropriate general exercise footwear either. The problem with the climbing shoes is my toes end up way too cramped and smooshed and sore by the end.

This time i decided to try it barefoot, even though going around barefoot in a gym seems kinda blech. My toes felt a lot better that way. However i did develop a blister. On my thumb. Yeah, i dunno either.

But in any case, does anyone have any good recommendations for how to find a decent pair of walking/jogging/running/whatever shoes for a decent price? Since i'm not planning on running any marathons or anything should i just go by Payless and grab any cheap pair of sneakers i see? Or is there a better way to go about it?
 
 
 
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on November 29th, 2012 05:58 am (UTC)
Are you doing olympic lifting or using weight machines? When I was doing cross-fit I found that my sneakers had too much cushioned heel to do weight lifting of weights that weren't tied into a machine -- it was harder to balance with my weight properly in my heels. My instructor recommended barefoot or vibrams (those strange 5-toed things) and that did indeed help. With the machines where your balance doesn't matter as much, regular $30 (or less!) sneakers should be fine I would think. I didn't use the machines much though.

--Beth
DonAithnen: happydonaithnen on November 29th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
Not doing any lifting at all right now. Doing sit-ups, pull-ups, and the cross-trainer machine.

I've wanted to try out the vibram shoes for a long time though. The problem is that, last i checked, they didn't have a solution for people whose second toe is longer than their first. Though it has been awhile, so maybe i should check again.