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Choosing Running Clothes and Shoes

Always make sure your clothes are appropriate for the activity you are engaging in. Select clothes made from material that “breathes” and that will not constrict your movements. Synthetic fabrics are often the best choice for running as the material will help to “wick” the moisture away from your body. A cotton shirt will absorb the sweat and hold onto it so you feel it against your skin. Save the cotton t-shirts you get from your racing goody bags for working around the house or doing casual workouts like stretching or yoga.

Shoes are more important than any other article of clothing. Choose shoes that offer support and proper cushioning. In order to avoid injury and sore muscles, it is essential to have shoes that fit properly. You should have half an inch of space between the front of the shoe and your longest toe. Walk around, run in place and jump up and down to check the fit. Your heel should not move around. Good shoes that fit properly should be comfortable right away. Never purchase athletic shoes with the idea that they are going to get more comfortable after you break them in.

Replace shoes if you experience any aches and pains in your feet, knees, legs, and hips or lower back. It is important to replace shoes that are worn out. This will help in alleviating injury which could keep you on the sidelines indefinitely. Running shoes should be replaced after about 4 to 6 months. I would high suggest purchasing shoes through a store where the sales staff understands your needs and can measure your feet properly. Many times they have a treadmill available for you to run on so they can analyze your gait.

Clothes and Shoes and Stretching

Now that we have a trainer, our next concern is to be equipped with the proper shoes and clothes, so our training experience can be maximized.

If your trying to create a great body you need to start with clothes and shoes that will make you feel good as well as look good! {The reason behind that is if you look and feel good you will tend to be in a motivated state of mind, and in this state we build consistency, this is where results come from.}

What kind of clothes and shoes do I need you may ask? You could spend a few hundred dollars for designer workout gear and that would make you feel and look better, but all you need is some clean and comfortable clothes and shoes. Most discount stores sell designer replicas at a fraction of the cost.

I recommend layering your clothes and as you warm up take a piece of clothing off. Keeping warm helps protect your joints, until you fully warm up, so you don’t get hurt. Now we have the proper equipment to get started.

Next I highly recommend incorporating a consistent stretching program, which will reduce injuries and produce greater results. I do 15 to 25 minutes per day as well as stretching in between exercises. The benefit of stretching is huge; it can make or break your training progress. As I describe training techniques each month I will go over the stretching to do for each body part. So you can achieve optimum results!!!

Here are some basic stretches you can start with to enhance your training and or walking program. Trunk Twists- Standing big and tall with good posture, feet shoulder distance apart, place your hands on your hips rotate your upper torso from right to left in a nice controlled manner. Repetitions of 15 to 30 per side will be enough.

Side Stretches- also standing tall with good posture, feet shoulder distance apart, your arms hanging to your side, slowly with your head up bend from one side, then the other. This focus is on stretching the outer muscles of your abs which is the oblique {commonly referred to as love handles}

Toe Touches- Standing tall with feet shoulder distance apart, arms hanging to your side, slowly, bend your torso touching your fingertips as close to your toes as you can get, without bouncing. This is a great stretch for your hamstrings and your lower back.

I normally recommend finishing your stretching warm up with a series of push- ups and sit-ups. All movements are to be slow and controlled at all times. While doing these stretches stand with your knees slightly bent to alleviate the pressure off your lower back.