Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Choosing the Right Shoes for your Workouts can Prevent Serious Injuries

The hottest trend in cardio fitness today is LATIN! Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Merengue and more. And my Mambo Mania workout is the sassy, Cuban swing that is sweeping the world of Latin Fitness. But, to perform these fun, sassy and sultry moves safely, one must be equipped with the right kind of foot gear.

Smooth-soled sneakers are the best choice for these types of dance oriented classes and fortunately there are more available than ever before, thanks to the Latin trend. It used to be that you could purchase "dance sneakers" only from Danskin, Capezzio's, Block, and other dance shoe manufacturers. But now, most of the big named brand fitness shoe manufactures have come around to idea of these appropriately designed shoes for aerobic dancing.

Most cross trainers or running shoes are designed for heavy duty traction. If you wear these in Mambo Mania classes, your feet will stick to the floor's surface. This can lead to serious injuries. Many of the movements in these Latin classes require pivots and turns. If your foot is stable and the rest of your body continues turn around it, severe torque is placed at the ankle and the knee. Calf and knee injuries are common if the wrong type of foot gear is worn. Only a smooth soled shoe without traction will allow the necessary rotation required for those movements.

By choosing these smooth soled shoes, you can insure that you will have a fun and SAFE experience do your sassy Cuban swing. Very sexy!