This is very interesting to those considering their New Years resolutions, such as this humble blogger. I remember hearing something about thus study a while ago, but apparently the results have been published and the finding is that sneakers have the potential to do more harm than barefoot running.
Runners who wore sneakers ended up landing heel-first 75 to 80 percent of the time. By contrast, barefoot runners usually land toward the middle or front of the foot — a dramatic difference that recalls the more natural foot strike of early Homo sapiens. Needless to say, early humans certainly were not born to run wearing Nike or Reebok.
The heel-landing without shoes means a painful collision force of 1.5 to 3 times human body weight. But cushioned sneaker heels have allowed runners to change their stride to high-impact running, and likely open up a whole world of pain involving foot and leg injuries.
This is absolutely fascinating since I’m interested in the evolution of humans as well. But now I guess I’ll have to check out the ‘barefoot-friendly’ shoes they list at the end of the article, I need to dump my too-small pair of running shoes anyway.
Have it good,
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