The first sport I needed to start worrying about shoes was Cross Country in High School. Until then I just figured shoes were shoes (for the most part). My biggest source of cardio exercise for years was running and over the course of time I learned that I have feet that pronate (lean inward) and as a result I developed stress fractures and shin splints. I wore running shoes practically every day for years, all through high school and college. So when I started P90X, I used running shoes. I didn’t know that was a BIG MISTAKE! Running shoes specialize in forward motion. P90X and other Beachbody workout programs like Insanity, Asylum, etc require a shoe that specializes in supporting and stabilizing side-to-side motion as well.
Some people even prefer to workout barefoot which is great too because there is nothing under your feet that can slip or cause sprained ankles.
I had taken a different journey to a new type of shoe. I had issues slipping while doing Yoga X and kept a towel nearby to dry off my feet and hands. I started looking into barefoot shoes like Vibram Five Finger shoes. These shoes simulate barefoot workouts. I bought a very basic pair for about $70 (which is cheap compared to the running shoes I used to buy). I was sold on them right away. Yes, they were a bit to get used to putting on because your toes slip into them. But I started to prefer them in my workouts all the time because of the way my feet and shins would feel after my workouts. I felt like I had complete control of my body during Insanity workouts while I was jumping around, I wasn’t losing my balance as much, slipping, worrying about how tight my shoes were, the breathability of the shoe, etc.
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