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Apr 15, 2012

The Perfect Shoe

For those of you who haven't realized it yet, let me start by saying I'm a big gym junkie. I go to the gym everyday at least for an hour and I try not to miss more than 1 or 2 days TOPS a week. I used be quite chubby when I was younger and one day I decided to change that. Ever since high school I've stayed consistent with going to the gym and soon after I lost the amount of weight that I wanted to, I realized that working out wasn't just for weight loss anymore. It became about being healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So as they say, I truly made a lifestyle change. I also think it's very important for muslim girls to not be discouraged to go to the gym just because they are covering in hijab. Like the saying goes, anything you can do I can do better, so just because I wear hijab doesn't mean I can't work out, be fit, and be healthy too. I hope that more muslim women/young girls can start getting into the trend of being healthy and fit. A few months ago I decided to run my first half marathon in May and began doing a lot more running. About a month ago though, I hurt my IT band in my left knee and I had to put running on hold and pick up with other workouts. After a few doctors visits and a visit to the local running store, I found the perfect shoe. 

I highly recommend to any of you who work out, or are thinking to start working out to go to your local running store and get fitted for some shoes. I even took my mom with me as well so she could get some good shoes for walking. There was a special at our store that had a local PT clinic present to talk to you about any physical issues you're having and to give you some tests to see what could be the cause of those issues. I had to do a few tests and I had to run on the treadmill which was recorded for review. The PT showed me the video and told me the way that I'm landing when I run is irritating my IT band. Long story short he fit me for some shoes with the right support and I could instantly feel a difference when I ran/walk. The shoe has a thicker bottom for the amount of support I need and will help my landing when I run.  

Just a warning, these type of shoes can be costly running upwards of $100-150, but they are completely worth it. They help you maintain good posture and support while working out and this will help you in the long run. It's important to use your gym/workout shoes only for the gym/working out as they will last longer that way. I'm excited to slowly start running again as my IT band heals with strengthening exercises as well as these shoes for support. Today is a beautiful day for a run at the harbor!

These are the Asics shoes I bought and this is the store: Charm City Run that I went to. I highly recommend going to any of their locations if you are in the DMV area.

Stay motivated, stay fit!

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