The choice to run to maintain a good body and to watch one’s health is never a bad idea. The many benefits of running to women’s overall health have been backed by numerous researches. From fighting stress to being less prone to dangerous modern day illness like cancer, running is truly beyond fun and enjoyment. We cannot stress enough how important it is for women to stay active, “Most experts agree that regular exercise reduces the risk of many kinds of cancer, including some of the scariest: colon, breast, endometrial, and lung. One recent study in the British Journal of Cancer calculated that the “most active” (e.g. walked briskly 5-6 hours/week) people were 24 percent less likely to develop colon cancer than the ‘least active’ people (e.g. 30 minutes of walking/week). In a study by the National Cancer Institute, women of a normal weight who reported the highest levels of “vigorous activity” (running, tennis, aerobics) had about a 30 percent lower risk of breast cancer when compared with women who did no vigorous activity. Becoming a regular runner may help you cancer-proof your life,” wrote an unnamed writer of womenshealth.com through the article titled 6 Reasons to Start Running
What women should know though is that it is important to find a good running shoes and protect their feet well as they run on a regular basis.“Shoes that are designed for the specific forward motion of running are engineered to protect your foot from the road and to manage the impact forces of your body weight on your lower limbs. Some are designed to stabilize your foot in the ideal range of motion and to increase efficiency of your running gait. Now there’s a lot of debate around how successful these designs are in effecting gait or shock offset with some studies showing no added benefit. We aren’t doctors or scientists here, just running enthusiasts that believe that if your shoe fits well and is comfortable to you, it is going to help you get out there and run. Roads and sidewalks differ from trails and tracks in that they are incredibly unforgiving man-made surfaces that aren’t very comfortable to run on without some form of protection. Whether that protection ends up being a thin rubber sandal or a enormous foam platform will be based on your personal preferences and will most likely fall somewhere between those two extremes,” as the article How to Choose the Best Running Shoes for Women for outdoorgearlab.com shared.
Interestingly so, Wendalou Rottenberg, who mostly purchase her running shoes on an online store in Australia, shared that it is important to know if you are to choose between a road or a trail running shoe, “My former running trainer mentioned this when I was just starting to run a couple of years back. Road shoes are good if you intend to regularly run on real roads and sidewalks, obviously. Trail shoes on the other hand have more intense tread designs; their materials have the ability to increase traction on different terrains and are designed to be highly protective of the foot especially on muddy and wet weather conditions.”
Generally speaking, there are ways to spot a good quality running shoe. Chamaine from Australia who collects running shoes says it is important to be critical on looking into the outsole, mid-sole and upper sole areas of the shoe, “Check the outsole or bottom of the running shoe whether it’s made of carbon rubber or blown rubber. The former is stiffer while the latter is softer and light weight. Check too if it has a split heel and flex grooves because these allow for a smoother, efficient, and natural running. Midsole on the other hand is found between the outsole and upper sole; it is significant to find a midsole with stiff materials for better stability. Lastly, the upper part of the shoes pertains to the outer body. Make sure to find one that won’t be worn out easily. And it is important too to look for the shape that will conform to the need of your feet.”