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Should I workout with insoles?

What do cardio athletes and weightlifters have in common? They both place their feet under a great deal of stress when they workout. Love it or hate it, cardio is an important part of any exercise routine. Running and walking are great cardio exercises, but what effect can the shock impact of your feet hitting the ground have on your body? Equally, weightlifting is great for burning fat and strengthening muscles, bones and joints but can also increase pressure on knees, ankles and feet.

Running and walking

Every step taken when walking or running creates shockwaves which transmit up through the feet, ankles and knees. Walking involves two strikes on the ground, first with the heel followed by the rest of the foot. When we run, the foot impacts the ground once before it leaves the ground allowing the second foot to strike the ground. The shockwaves created can be harmful causing stress to the ankles and knees which can result in pain and discomfort to the muscles and joints as well as stress fractures and back pain. If you are new to running, it’s worth checking your running technique as poor running form can also result in injury.

Weight lifting

Weight lifting puts additional pressure on the whole body, particularly the feet, ankles, knees and joints. It’s essential that you have correct posture to help prevent injury and this includes positioning your feet correctly. It is also important that you are standing on a solid, firm base or you are likely to place your joints under extra stress.

Sorbothane insoles

A simple solution to the issue of impact shockwaves is to insert some good quality insoles into your shoes or trainers. Sorbothane insoles are a perfect example of high quality insoles which absorb up to 94.7% of impact shock. The unique Sorbothane shock absorbing material encourages dispersal of shockwaves laterally rather than through the body, helping to prevent injury to the entire body. They also offer extreme comfort and cushioning to the feet and are lightweight so are a great choice for competitive and novice runners, as well those who enjoy walking and playing golf.