How Long Do Running Shoes Last?
Your running shoes are a vital piece of exercise equipment. They provide absorption for shock and protect all your joints during your exercises. If they’re too tight or too loose, this can cause you to overcompensate by hunching your posture which can be damaging and painful. If the soles are worn down, this shock absorption is compromised and you may suffer joint damage from running or performing aerobics.
It can be obvious sometimes when your running shoes are ready to be replaced. They may be worn down or even have holes in the bottom. Over time feet tend to grow so they may be a bit tight for you, or you may notice that they’re too tight during colder months when you wear thicker socks. Your shoes should always be comfortable especially when working out, so if this is the case for your shoes, it’s time to invest in a new pair.
How long your running shoes will last depends on how often you use them and the exercises you perform. Someone that runs every day over rough terrain may need a new pair every other month. Someone that jogs on pavement a few times per week may have their shoes last for six months. If you perform aerobics once a week inside a gym, your shoes may last all year. For those who only bike or use an elliptical machine so that shoes don’t often touch the ground, they may last longer than a year. A visual inspection is the best and sometimes only way to know when they need to be replaced.
Your shoes don’t need to be completely worn down for them to be too old and ready for replacements. A check of your shoes every two weeks will alert you to signs that they need to be tossed. Note the tread and see if it’s worn down at all; like a car tire, worn tread means you’re not getting protection and your shoes should be replaced. If you notice uneven tread this too means your shoes are not giving you proper support and they should be replaced.
In some cases it may be good to have more than one pair of sneakers you use for exercising and working out. Those with thick soles can protect you when you’re doing aerobics or running outside, and ones that are less expensive and with thinner soles can be worn when biking or using the elliptical, when your shoes don’t hit the pavement. This can extend the life of your best shoes and keep you protected. If in doubt about the condition of your shoes, be sure to replace them as you need good exercise shoes for all your aerobic activities.