Sneakers: The Right Fit?


When you don’t work out very often, a single pair of sneakers can last you years without any concern. Many people don’t realize that when you start working out more often, your sneakers aren’t going to last as long. Even if your sneakers look like they are holding up well on the outside, the soles may have become worn down internally, and this could lead to discomfort during and after your workouts.

What are the signs that it is time to replace your shoes? To start, you will experience pain when you are using them. Sometimes the pain is in your feet, but more typically it will be in your calves and back—especially the lower back. Cramps in your legs and back, such as the famous charley-horse cramps that typically develop when you sleep, may also be a sign that your sneakers need to go.

As a general rule of thumb, if you are using your sneakers at least 5 days a week for a moderate intensity workout, then your sneakers will last between 6 months and a year. Just like you have to get your car’s oil changed every so many miles, you need to take care of your feet. If you realize that a bit of discomfort is causing you to hold back from your workouts, then it may be time to replace those sneakers.