A new, natural way to run
The technical bit
Traditional running - heel strike
When you run in trainers, you are prone to landing on your heel first and rolling onto the forefoot, which means that your heel takes the full impact as illustrated on the left.
Traditional running shoes are designed to absorb this impact, with heavy cushioning under the heel. You can see the difference in posture between traditional running and barefoot by comparing these two illustrations.
Barefoot - forefoot strike
When you run barefoot, you naturally tend to land on the forefoot and roll in, allowing the heel to drop and then pushing off with the forefoot. This encourages a realignment of your back and posture, where your chest is further forward and arms are closer to the body.
Research shows that barefoot runners who land on their forefoot, may generate less impact shock than runners in padded running shoes who land heel first. It has been suggested that this could reduce running-related injuries.
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