Trainers for tennis and running

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
OH and I have resolved to improve our fitness levels (from a pretty low base) this autumn. We plan to play some tennis at our local courts, and do some gentle running or speedwalking too.

I want to buy some new trainers as the pairs I have at the moment are more for fashion wear than sport. However, when I have looked online, the range is a bit bewildering, and you seem to get different ones, depending on what sport you want to do.

Is anyone able to recommend a well priced, general pair of trainers that would be suitable for gentle tennis and running please?

Thanks in advance x

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  • jenniewbjenniewb Forumite
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    IMO you will need two different pairs.

    Trainers for running need to support your feet, if you have an over pronation they need to support this as it can help prevent injury, get a free gait check at a runners need store and they can explain in more detail but it does make a difference.

    Trainers for tennis need to allow your foot to swerve in dramatic different and sudden positions many times over, you do not need support for this, you need a flexible yet cushioned shoe. Something like Nike Free springs to mind.

    I would also get two pairs as its good to give your trainers a break if you exercise daily (if this is what you will be doing) this allows things like bacteria to die off as the shoes dry
  • xbrenxxbrenx Forumite
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    Definitely definitely definitely get some decent trainers but I would suggest just one pair for now until you get really stuck in to it. These things are not cheap and it's a shame to spend the money and then give up after just a couple of months.

    When I first started running I used Hi-Tec Silver Shadow
    which are great for short distance running and soft enough to play tennis. IMO.

    Once you start going further distances or play more serious tennis you will start to get a feel of what you need.

    Good luck!
  • PennylanePennylane Forumite
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    I'd recommend going for "gait analysis" at a good sports shop. I did this and got the correct trainers for the way I walk/run. Clever things these computers. :j

    They are superbly comfy and feel everso supportive with no rub at all. The ones I ended up are gel something or other by Asics and I'm very pleased I did the gait analysis because I've had some really uncomfy trainers in the past and wasted money.
  • belfastgirl23belfastgirl23 Forumite
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    Pennylane is right, you need to go and get a properly fitted pair of trainers at a specialist running shop. I used this chain http://www.upandrunning.co.uk/ because they have a shop pretty near to me. I found the staff really enthusiastic and not at all sniffy about 'proper runners' as opposed to tubby run/walkers like me :) which was my greatest fear going in. You will have to pay between £50-£100 but they will make a huge difference to your ability to run properly.

    BTW they do a gait analysis (ie put you on a running machine and film your feet as you run/walk) so it's a good idea to either wear a skirt or cropped trousers or trousers you can roll up fairly easily, just so they can see your feet and ankles clearly.

  • PennylanePennylane Forumite
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    I think mine are actually called Basics:o (with a back to front b) and they're called gel1150. After I bought them I was looking in a running mag and they came out as "excellent buy" and I was dead chuffed because usually I buy something and THEN I find out it gets a poor write-up!:j
  • Pennylane wrote: »
    I think mine are actually called Basics:o (with a back to front b) and they're called gel1150. After I bought them I was looking in a running mag and they came out as "excellent buy" and I was dead chuffed because usually I buy something and THEN I find out it gets a poor write-up!:j

    I think that this are Asics!!

    http://www.sportsdirect.com/asics-1150-mens-212030
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