Boost Your Economy
Lighter shoes may aid more efficient running
Make minimal changes to improve your running form
WANT TO GIVE your running economy a leg up? Try a minimal shoe. A recent study in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport found that wearing minimal footwear led to small improvements in the amount of energy expended when running at a certain speed. The study randomly assigned 32 male runners to an eight-week training programme either in minimalist or conventional running shoes. While both groups experienced improvements in their running economy, the minimalist group enjoyed slightly bigger gains. However, it’s worth noting that making the change to minimalist footwear should be done gradually. Some runners may find themselves unsuited to lighter footwear, while injuries are common among those who make the leap to lightweight too quickly.