- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Want to squeeze into a fab bathing suit by Memorial Day? Try some good old-fashioned - free - exercise.

That’s right, running - and walking - can slash the pounds quickly and safely if done right. So, once you have a doctor’s approval to raise your heart rate, the next step is to make sure your shoes are up for the pounding.

Most fitness experts stress the importance of good shoes for injury prevention. Part of ensuring shoes’ quality is not to use them past their expiration date. Once they have gone about 350 to 500 miles, they are done.

That means if you run three miles a day, five days a week, your shoes will last roughly six months.

For more information on how to pick your exercise footwear, check out the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine’s recommendations at www.aapsm.org/fit_shoes.htm.

Happy trails!

- Gabriella Boston


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