What is Natural Running
When you walk, you land on your heels. When you sprint, you land on your toes. An optimal running gait falls somewhere in-between. Efficient running is about landing on your sweet spot. Not your heel, not your toes.
Run barefoot to discover your optimal running form. You’ll discover immediately that when you run barefoot, you’re not landing on your heels. Instead you are landing on your midfoot/forefoot.
Humans are naturally designed to run without the aid of highly cushioned, structured midsoles of modern running shoes.
Natural Running Technique
Newton running shoes are designed to promote natural running form. If you follow these three simple steps you will improve your efficiency, reduce injury risk and get faster!!!
Keep your ankles and knees flexed, head up looking at the horizon. Lean slightly forward. Shorten your stride.
LAND lightly with your fore foot under your body. This reduces braking action and shock.
As your midfoot/forefoot impacts the ground, the Action/ Reaction Technology™ is engaged. The membrane supporting the four external lugs absorbs shock and stores energy. As the foot LEVERS forward, the lugs stretch the membrane underneath, storing energy.
Instead of using excessive muscle power and pushing off to begin a new stride, simply LIFT your foot off the ground. The lugs will springout of the midsole chambers with a burst of energy that turns into forward propulsion.
Landing on your midfoot/forefoot is the most natural way to run. It is also the fastest and most efficient way to run. Newton Running shoes are the only shoes that were developed specifically for Natural Running.
Most top distance-running coaches utilize some form of barefoot running or barefoot strength and proprioception drills in small doses. Used properly these drills can improve balance, strengthen the small muscles in the feet and lower legs and maintain a runner’s form and, ultimately, individual running economy (oxygen cost at a given pace) to maximize race performance.
But if you’ve never done any kind of barefoot drills or running, it is important to transition into unshod exercising very slowly. Consider starting with barefoot lunges, barefoot squats or walking barefoot through sand with accentuated rolling from heel to mid-stance to toes. After a few weeks, you can start running easy acceleration strides or a few cool down laps on the soft grass infield after a long run or track workout.
The principle behind barefoot running makes sense, but even if you’ve got great mechanics and exceptional core strength, you should still run with shoes to keep your feet out of harm’s way and choose a lightweight, minimalist shoes with a low ramp angle to mimic the bare foot. Shoes will protect your feet from hazards like glass, gravel and debris, and they will provide thermal protection properties.
Injury Free Running
If you have been finding you are forever injured whilst running then running with natural form could be the answer. Watch this video to find out more!