Runner's World (UK) - - Warm-ups -

Run­ning in min­i­mal­ist shoes builds stronger feet, says a new study from Hong Kong. The re­searchers found the vol­ume of the in­trin­sic foot mus­cles – im­por­tant arch sta­bilis­ers that are also called the ‘foot core’ – in­creased by 8.8 per cent in six months in run­ners as­signed to min­i­mal­ist footwear. A con­trol group, us­ing tra­di­tional run­ning shoes, ex­pe­ri­enced no im­prove­ment in foot mus­cu­la­ture. How­ever, it’s im­por­tant that you tran­si­tion grad­u­ally to min­i­mal­ist shoes: the study sub­jects were given ex­er­cises and ad­vice to help them make the shift.

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