Whether you hit the gym every day, or you are more of a once-a-week-wonder, we all have different goals when it comes to our workouts. If you are aiming to build muscle, you could be interested to know that a new study has found a link between the type of running shoes that your wear and the rate at which you build muscle.
Quickly becoming a major staple within the health and fitness community, a new study conducted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Harvard Medical School examined the impact that barefoot trainers have on the body. Barefoot trainers are basically shoes that make it feel like you are not wearing shoes at all, the idea behind these sneakers being that running barefoot is meant to be better for your feet and reduce the amount of impact your feet have to put up with.
The study enlisted the help of 20 regular runners and in place of their regular running shoes, the participants were given barefoot trainers. As a control group, an additional 18 runners continued to wear their regular running shoes for the duration of the programme. For six months both groups of runners participated in a training programme that included regimes such as calf strengthening exercises and balance training.
After six months of training in the barefoot trainers, the results were fascinating. Basically, the feet and legs of those who had worn the barefoot trainers increased in size, with an average leg muscle increase of 7.05 percent and a foot muscle increase of 8.8 percent, while the leg muscles of the control group remained basically the same.
While I can’t imagine that many people would feel the need to build up the muscle in their feet, if you are a runner and are looking to build muscle in your legs then investing in a pair of barefoot trainers could be a good option. On the other hand, if you are looking to slim down your legs and achieve a slender look, you’re probably best to opt for a style with more support.