April 09, 2010

It's never too late to overhaul your fitness routine! Run outside instead of on a treadmill. Switch the order of your strength moves. And do it all in new sneakers. Your shoes are fine, you say? Take another look-and feel. Over time the cushioning breaks down, making you more prone to aches, and the lugs on your outsoles wear away, which decreases your traction. The bottom line: Replacing your kicks can improve your workout.

With that in mind, we put 45 pairs of running, hiking, and fitness shoes through their paces to find the perfect pair of kicks for any workout.

Once you have your ideal shoes, watch this video for 5 fat-blasting cardio exercises to burn calories without a treadmill.