Here are three good reasons why you should toss out these old items and get new ones. By Sasha Gonzales
With the end of this year’s Great Singapore Sale (GSS) in sight – two more weeks! – here are expert-backed reasons as to why your wardrobe needs updating. #NotAnExcuse
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RUNNING SHOES AND TRAINERS
You need new ones because… Worn-out shoes can cause foot and leg injuries.
Running shoes are designed to be light yet supportive, so that you can move forward quickly and easily. With frequent use, they lose firmness and cushioning, as well as lateral (side to side) stability. This raises the risk of spraining your ankle when you step on or off a kerb, or run on uneven surfaces. Plus, if you run long distances, your feet won’t get enough cushioning to protect them from impact injuries.
As a general guide, moderate runners who run fewer than five times a week should replace their running shoes once a year, advises Greig. Heavy runners who run more often should buy new footwear every six months. However, if you have had your shoes for six months or longer and experience pain or fatigue while running, replace them immediately.
Gym trainers are typically broader and have better lateral support than running shoes. They are sturdier because they are designed for use in a range of activities, from lifting weights to workouts that involve lateral movements, such as aerobics and zumba. When your shoes lose their stability, the risk of tripping and injuring yourself is higher, says Greig.
Cushioning is also important in gym shoes. Again, this wears out with regular use. Replace yours once a year if you hit the gym at least three times a week.
How else do you know when to throw out your shoes? Greig says that when horizontal lines start to appear in the cushioning at the rear of the shoe, this indicates compression, meaning that the cushioning material has degraded. If you need ideas on which shoes to invest in, read our Shape Sports Awards 2015 footwear reviews.
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