Runners need less cushioning
A new study suggests that trainers with plenty of cushioning could up your risk of injury. UK researchers measured the impact of runners hitting the ground when wearing regular cushioned shoes and while barefoot or with minimal support. They found joggers in cushy shoes tended to land on their heels and with more force. “Running in minimal shoes and landing on the balls of your feet reduces loading rates and may reduce the risk of injury,” researcher Dr Hannah Rice says.