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Running in flat shoes increases leg, foot muscles’ volume: study

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Hong Kong: Running in minimalist shoes can increase leg and foot muscle volume, finds a new study. The researchers for the study recruited 38 runners with an average age of 35, who have been running for six years on average with their traditional running shoes (TRS), footwear of heel-to-toe drop over 5 mm, with additional cushioning pad and artificial arch support, says IANS.

Among the 38 participants, 20 runners selected randomly to the experimental group underwent a six-month training programme. At the beginning, each participant was given a pair of minimalist running shoes (MRS) and a self-monitoring programme including transition exercise regimes such as calf strengthening exercise and balance training.  The other 18 runners in the control group received the same training programme running with their own TRS.


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