Why You Should Give Barefoot Running A Try

Running is great exercise for your cardiovascular system, leg muscles, and your brain. Running barefoot is even better. Of course I don’t actually mean going out for a jog with absolutely nothing on your feet. If your neighborhood is anything like mine, you’ll end up with a switchblade or hypodermic needle in your foot in no time. Instead of actually running in your bare feet, more and more people are lacing up minimalist, “barefoot” shoes, and putting one foot in front of the other.

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Preventing Common Running Injuries – 3 Things Not To Do

Finding ways to prevent the most common running injuries is imperative if you are training for a long distance race or charity run. After all, it’s no good getting people to sponsor you for your marathon, only to get injured during your training and have to quit before you reach the start line. A recent survey published in Runners World highlights the fact that in the last 12 months, 56% of UK runners (51% Australians, 50% Americans) picked up at least one injury. These are quite shocking figures given that many of us start running to get fit and improve our health. So why does it happen? How are more than half of us injuring ourselves running every year and what can we do to prevent it?

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Do Compression Socks Really Do More Than Just Warm Your Shins?

When it comes to winter running, it certainly pays to wrap up fairly warm to remain comfortable, otherwise it becomes very easy to give up and take a break until spring. And when you are considering what to wear on your legs, recent research has suggested that a pair of compression socks might be great for keeping your shins nice and toasty, but that they are fairly useless for anything else. This should be quite a shock for a number of runners, as sports compression socks have been hailed as our savior from shin splints, muscular fatigue and even calf injury. I can vouch for the relative ineffectiveness of compression calf guards on a personal basis, having worn them in the run up to a calf injury that left me sidelined since August this year. And I also have the personal accounts of others for whom the compression sock was the enemy of injury-free running. So, what is the reality and what is the advice now?

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