Boost Your Econ­omy

Lighter shoes may aid more ef­fi­cient run­ning

Runner's World (UK) - - Contents -

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.

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