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Virtual Gait Analysis

During this extraordinary situation we all find ourselves in, we firmly believe that taking part in exercise is crucial to not only our physical, but mental well-being too and we know how important that is – now, more than ever.

As our bears den is temporarily closed, we have come up with a brand new way of assessing your gait to ensure you’ve got the right shoes for you.

There are a few simple steps, which include taking pictures and videos, along with some basic information about yourself and your running – the Bears will then arrange a suitable time with yourself to contact you and start your journey to finding your perfect pair of running trainers!

What you'll need

•Your current running or other fitness shoes (if none, then bare feet)

•WhatsApp/Facebook Messenger/ installed on your phone

•Another household member or somewhere to stand your phone up

•Make sure you’re wearing something where your legs are clearly visible – i.e. shorts or running leggings.  Make sure you’re in a light location for the videos.

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Videos

Video 1

Wearing no shoes, please stand with feet shoulder-width apart.

Make sure you’re looking up and slowly bend your knees making sure that your heels don’t rise off the ground. Do this three times. Then turn round and do the same again. Try and keep your upper body upright.

Watch the short demonstration video below to see how to do it and which part of the body needs to be visible.

Video 2

Wearing no shoes, please stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Then stand on one leg.

Make sure you’re looking up and slowly bend your knee making sure that your heels don’t rise off the ground. Do this three times on each leg. Then turn round and do the same again. Try and keep your upper body upright.

Watch the demonstration video to see how to do the exercise and which parts of the body need to be visible.

Video 3

For this you need to be wearing your current running trainers or bare feet take a gentle run there and back three times. Start behind the camera and make sure you’re in a pace when passing it.

See the demonstration video to see what angle the video should be taken from and how it should be done.

If you’re looking for trainers for walking repeat as above but at your walking pace.

Photos

Take three different photos of your old pair of running trainers, and if you don’t have any then send us a photo of the shoes you wear most regularly. We need pictures from both sides and pictures of the soles.

We also need photos of your feet, shown in the angles below:

Tell us about you!

We need some information to make sure we’re choosing the best trainers for you – if you can give us the information below it’s a huge help!

Your everyday shoe size (and your current trainer size if it’s different)

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What kind of exercise you’re wanting to do in them such as running, gym, team sports, walking or for just day to day wear.

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If you’re using them for running, let us know what distance you’re aiming to do and what terrain you’re going to be running on.

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Tell us if you’ve had or currently any injuries, aches or pains.

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Is there anything about your feet that could be significant when selecting trainers – such as bunions, wide feet or if you wear orthotics/insoles?

What next?

The next step is to send all of the above either via whatsapp (07828934675) or facebook messenger. In this please include: your full name, and a date/time that would be good for our team to contact you from Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm.

We’ll then get back to you with any questions we have about you and trainers we recommend for you from our Running Bear store. At the moment we have a 25% off sale (code SAVE25) and orders over £50 include free shipping so your trainers should be with you in no time!