If you’re a gym goer, especially a runner, I know that you consider your sneakers vital to your workout. You have special running shoes, weight lifting shoes and even ones for that intense spinning class.
Mentally, when I put on my Nike Zooms, I feel like a butterfly on that treadmill and feel that my joints and bones are prone to less pressure and damage.
Apparently, the next study is negating what I just said, in fact it suggests that sneakers are bad for you!!!
The following study was published in the Dec. 2009 issue of the PM&R, the journal of American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
According to Dr. Casey Kerrigan and fellow researchers at the University of Virginia, running barefoot puts less torque/ pressure on your cartilage and joints.
The study involved 37 women and 31 men who average 15 miles per week in recreational running. They were all asked to run on “scale-like” treadmill as their torque and twists were evaluated by some device.
The researchers found an increase in this torque for the knees, hips and ankles when the participants were wearing running shoes as compared with when they were running barefoot
The study showed that wearing sneakers caused a 38% increase in torque which was surprisingly more than walking in heels which was only 20-26%
So what’s the solution? Do we take our sneakers off and walk and run barefoot everywhere? Won’t I get cracked heels and constantly need a pedi egg to scruff them? what if I step on glass!! Not cute…
Dr. Kerrigan is not promoting running barefoot, but the simplest shoe may be fine as long as it supports the foot from other injuries like shin splints.
Dr. Kerrigan also went on tell interviewers that she believes she has the answer to a better shoe and that she’s already in the process of designing them through a manufacturing company.
Hmmm…. what do I think?
I think I’ll continue to rock my Nike Zooms!!!
If you’re concerned with the breakdown of your joints caused by running, then try lower impact cardio like the elliptical or even swimming. In addition to low impact exercise, make sure you’re well nourished and that your diet is rich in Vitamin D and Calcium to help with stronger bones
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