Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Are Barefoot Shoes really better ? NewYorkTimes article.
“The American Council on Exercise, a nonprofit group that reports on fitness, recently sponsored a small study to learn more about the popular footwear. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, asked 16 women, all healthy recreational joggers ages 19 to 25, to spend two weeks getting used to running in the Vibram FiveFingers, a snug, glovelike shoe that weighs less than five ounces. The women were advised to use the shoes, the best-selling brand of barefoot sports shoes, three times a week for up to 20 minutes a day.”
“The researchers found that half of the women who switched to barefoot running or minimalist sports shoes failed to adjust their form, resulting in more wear and tear on their bodies, not less.”
Really? 2 weeks to “get used to them”? As we have said, countless times; you must earn your right to go minimalistic or barefoot. Foot competence is not created in a day, or in 2 weeks for that matter….