Easier To Run Wearing Shoes

Easier To Run Wearing Shoes There's been a lot of talk about minimalist footware and barefoot running as options for a more natural approach to endurance conditioning. A study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise examines the metabolic cost of jogging with and without shoes.

Since the standard thickness of traditional running shoes is between 10 mm and 20 mm, researchers placed that amount of foam on a hard treadmill running surface. Then they had a dozen subjects with experience running barefoot and with minimalist footware use the machine without wearing shoes. They performed the same submaximal effort run with no foam padding while wearing minimalist shoes. In both cases, cushioning reduced the metabolic power needed to run.

True Strength Moment: If you're running barefoot on a lightly padded surface or using minimalist running shoes on a hard surface, your muscles are using energy to soften the blow of coming down on each foot. If the landing is softened with thicker cushioning, you're able to use that power for something else. Wearing shoes also greatly reduces the chance of stepping on something that could take you out of the game for a while.
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