Many injuries occur due to people not building up their training slowly but being prepared and getting proper equipment that works for you is a vital part of preventing injuries as well. Buying the first trainers you find and setting off for a jog could be arecipe for disaster, trainers should suit their purpose and fit you perfectly.
Decide on the type you need: Trainers are split into two main categories. If you will be using them for a variety of different sports, such as aerobics, gym and team sports you will need a pair of cross trainers.
If you will be concentrating on running, you need a pair of specially designed running shoes.
Get the right cushioning and support: The two main things you should look for in a trainer are cushioning and support, which makes a huge difference. It is essential that your foot is well-supported for sports that involve any kind of impact, such as aerobics and otherwise you will damage your ankles. If the fabric on each side of your foot is taut, the trainer is supporting your foot well.
Cushioning is essential to protect your feet and the rest of your body. If you are doing studio-based workouts you particularly need forefront cushioning. If running is your main sport you must have good cushioning in the heel.
Specialist running shoes: If you intend to do a lot of running you should seek specialist advice. Staff should measure your pronate - the amount your foot slopes inwards when you walk. This is an essential measurement when buying the right running shoes.