200K years 2cm

Lift­ing bare­foot boosts neu­ral feed­back to im­prove pro­pri­o­cep­tion. This helps you re­fine your tech­nique and ac­ti­vates more mus­cle fi­bres, in­creas­ing your power out­put

Men's Health (UK) - - Agenda -

With our springy foot arches, Homo sapi­ens is per­fectly de­signed for bare­foot run­ning – which was the norm for our an­ces­tors for mil­len­nia

The re­vival of bare­foot run­ning hit its peak in the UK in 2012. Go­ing shoe­less is thought to en­cour­age you to stop strik­ing your heels on the floor, aid­ing both safety and speed

Heel-strik­ers use less oxy­gen to run at the same pace as bare­foot run­ners (who of­ten land on the fore­foot), burn­ing through fewer carbs for en­ergy Univer­sity of Mas­sachusetts Amherst

Bare­foot run­ning forces your calves to func­tion at an ex­tra 2cm of length, which can cause in­jury. So, switch grad­u­ally Mitchell Phillips, run­ning per­for­mance an­a­lyst

Univer­sity of Chich­ester re­searchers com­pared the power out­put of bare­foot and shod lifters, re­veal­ing that those wear­ing shoes pushed an av­er­age of 12% harder than those with­out

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