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Runners Vs. Cross Trainers

by Jeremy Hoefs

About Jeremy Hoefs

Based in Nebraska, Jeremy Hoefs began writing fitness, nutrition, outdoor and hunting articles in 2006. His articles have been published in "Star City Sports," "Hunting Fitness Magazine" and RutWear field journals, as well as on the Western Whitetail website. Hoefs graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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You live an active lifestyle so you want the best gear that matches the demands of those activities. Your shoes are one of the most important pieces of gear, and they are available in a wide range of models, such as runners or cross-trainers. The runners and cross-trainers have specific features that make them ideal for different purposes -- choose the right type of shoe to suit your personal requirements.

Materials

Running shoes and cross-trainers contain similar cushioning materials in the sole but have different materials in the uppers. Both shoes have a combination of EVA and polyurethane lightweight foam materials for stability and durability without excessive weight. Running shoes, however, contain lightweight, synthetic mesh in the upper to decrease the overall weight of the shoe. Cross-trainers typically have a full synthetic leather upper.

Stability

Running shoes are designed for one purpose; running, whereas cross-trainers are designed for multiple purposes. As a result, cross-trainers are made with a reinforced outsole for added lateral stability to the cushioning in the sole. Running shoes have reinforced stability in the sole for additional shock-absorbing during every stride. The rubber compound provides a lightweight, flexible sole.

Versatility

Cross-trainers are the most versatile, all-purpose athletic shoes. If you regularly participate in a variety of activities such as weightlifting, running and basketball, cross-trainers are the best shoes for you. For example, you can wear the cross-trainers to the gym for a workout, on the street walking to the store or on the court playing basketball. During each activity, cross-trainers provide the comfort, cushioning, stability and durability to keep your feet and ankles safe while maximizing your performance.

Considerations

The most important considerations for choosing between runners and cross-trainers is the range of activities and your individual foot type. For example, cross-trainers aren’t recommended if you are training for a marathon or complete a regular running program. Similarly, running shoes aren’t recommended if you regularly play basketball, tennis or other sports. Both cross-trainers and running shoes are available in a range of sizes and types to fit your foot shape. Choosing the right style is important to keeping your feet healthy and promoting proper running mechanics.

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This article reflects the views of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Jillian Michaels or JillianMichaels.com.