When it comes to exercise, all shoes are not created equal. In this month's Fitness Report, find out why your footwear can make or break your workout.
Working out is a commitment. But in order to be successful, you have to get off on the right foot.
Personal Trainer Sami Herbster says, "One of the biggest mistakes I see when I have somebody come to the gym that is just getting ready to work out, they pull out their old tennis shoes from their closet and say, 'You know these still look great.' Looks aren't necessarily everything when it comes to shoes. The inside is what breaks down - the support."
Laura Wilson didn't make that mistake. Six months after joining the gym she has invested in three new pairs.
"To me it's the most important thing because if your feet hurt, you're just not comfortable," said Wilson.
But Herbster says before you buy a shoe, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, know your foot.
Herbster said, "If you have a flat foot and you're wearing a shoe that's probably not the best for you, you run the risk of getting an injury and then getting off track and not reaching your goals."
Also, choose the right shoe for the right workout.
Herbster said, "If you're going to be doing a lot of treadmill running, there are specific shoes that are going to be better for treadmill than, per se, a Zumba class."
Finally, when you try on a workout shoe, make sure you walk around in both shoes and that they feel comfortable right away. If they don't - don't buy them. Don't allow time to break them in.
But let's face it: looks matter, too.
"Depending on what I wear, I switch out my tennis shoes," said Wilson.
But don't worry. Sami says with so many selections out there, you can still have function and fashion.