Tying Your Shoelaces Together – This Quirky Heck May Help You Run Faster and Better

By: | November 2nd, 2019

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Running is a great way to get fit. It can significantly improve physical and mental health by reducing stress and improving heart health.

Researchers say that you can run faster and better with a simple change like strapping a light resistance band between your feet.

This quirky heck can help improve your running efficiency by 6.4%

Engineers from the University of California at Santa Barbara led by mechanical engineer Elliot Hawkes, a visiting Assistant Professor from Stanford University have discovered that this quirky heck can help improve your running efficiency by 6.4%.

According to Hawkes’ study, most of the energy is mostly wasted in running; for every 10 calories burned…nine calories are spent keeping us from falling.

The band was clipped onto the shoes of runners but no one tripped!

While it might seem strange to attach a band between your feet for running but the team discovered that most runners instantly adapted this new running style and surprisingly, no one tripped!

The band created efficiencies by shortening the steps and lowering the amount of energy required for the movement. Shorter and quicker steps reduced the energy required to bounce during stance.

Watch out if you are already considering applying this for your next run!

This experiment was conducted under supervision while focused on long-distance runners on flat running surfaces. 

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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