Finding time to exercise an be tricky, however as the weather picks up and the evenings become longer, you may find yourself more inclined to throw on a pair of runners and head out for an evening jog.
It is well known that exercise has numerous health benefits both physically and mentally. Running is associated with a markedly reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease even in small doses of just 5 to 10 minutes a day at slow speeds (Lee et al., 2014). This is great news for our busy lifestyles!
The first thing to consider before running is whether your shoes are suitable. Barefoot running or running in minimalist shoes has gained a lot of interest in the past few years. Although there are theories as to why it may be beneficial, there is no strong or long term evidence to support its benefit.
The type of running shoe you need will depend on many things such as the position of your feet, the way you have learned to run and any muscle tightness or imbalances that you may have. Your foot naturally rolls inwards after it strikes the ground in running but in some running patterns the foot rolls in too much and in other it doesn’t roll in enough.