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I am a runner, I am 48 years old, for 6 years I have been running quite regularly every other day. A few months ago I took part in a competition, a recreational event (I covered a distance of 10 km), of which I am very proud. I run a lot now, because I run 30 km a week and my shoes wear out quickly. My goal is he alth, not some achievement. Therefore, is it worth buying expensive company shoes that cost several hundred zlotys for running? I know from my own experience that expensive shoes wear out just as quickly as cheaper ones.

In running shoes, it's not durability, but quality that counts. Some well-known companies report that the sole's cushioning functions are up to 1000 km. When buying running shoes, you should pay attention to the sole (its thickness, softness, flexibility, etc.), and not to the design or colors. Footwear is a very important element of every runner's equipment.It is not worth saving on running shoes , because the costs of treating injuries resulting from the use of improper, unprofessional (not sports) or worn footwear are much higher than the investment in running equipment. Running is one of the cheapest forms of movement, here you only need to have comfortable shoes, whose task is to absorb the shocks caused by hitting the ground with your foot.

There are three movement phases when running:kickback ,flightandlanding . We must be aware that by landing hard on the ground, we overload our locomotor system (muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons). The shocks are quite big and spread to the whole body, e.g. knee, hip and spine joints.

Produced todaysports shoes protect us against injuries , especially when we run on a hard surface such as concrete, asph alt - which I advise against, it is better to go to the forest for training. Modern shoes with multiple systems today not only cushion the foot, but also stabilize the foot, wick away moisture, prevent slippage and compensate for most foot defects. So it is worth investing in the right sports equipment, because it is also an investment in he alth. Especially beginners and amateurs should pay attention to the soft, shock-absorbing soles of the shoes, as their joints are much weaker and less resistant to stress than competitive runners.

Remember that our expert's answer is informative and will not replace a visit to the doctor.

Paweł F. Nowak

Expert in physical activity (aerobics instructor, swimming, athletics trainer), marathon runner, author of the books "Running - a way to a he althy life" and "Women's he alth training in the context of modern lifestyle".

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