Finding the Right Fitness Shoes and Clothes

Choosing the right clothing and shoes for the exercise and physical activity you plan to do is important.
Older man tying shoelaces getting ready to jog in park
Make sure your clothes and footwear are both comfortable and safe for you to be active. Try items on to make sure you have the proper fit. Keep these things in mind as you shop.

Finding the Right Shoes

  • Choose shoes that are made for the type of physical activity you want to do.
  • Look for shoes with flat, non-skid soles, good heel support, enough room for your toes, and a cushioned arch that’s not too high or too thick.
  • Make sure the shoes fit well and provide proper support for your feet.
  • Check your shoes regularly and replace them when they’re worn out. You need new shoes when:
    • The tread is worn out
    • Your feet feel tired after activity
    • Your shins, knees, or hips hurt after activity

Choosing Activewear

  • Choose clothes that work with your activity. Loose shorts are perfect for basketball, but maybe not for yoga.
  • Make sure your exercise clothes are comfortable and let you move easily.
  • In cold weather, wear layers, such as a jacket or top over a t-shirt, so you can take off layers as you warm up.
  • Wear clothes that let air circulate and moisture evaporate.