After a test on the working memory which the brain uses to recall and process information, researchers say running barefoot helps boost the brain power more than running with shoes on.
The researchers added that running barefooted places extra demands on the brain more than shod running, such as the avoidance of stones or anything that may damage one’s feet. And that the demands bring about benefits that are useful for the improvement of the working memory which is being utilized throughout man’s lifetime.
Dr Tracy Alloway, one of the researchers, said:
“Working memory is increasingly recognized as a crucial cognitive skill, and these findings are great news for people looking for a fun way to boost their working memory.”
The researchers asked 72 people people aged between 18 and 44 to either run barefoot or with shoe on at a comfortable pace for 16 minutes. The working memory increased significantly by 16 percent for those running in barefoot condition, but no change was noted among those running with shoes.
“The little things often have the greatest impact, said Ross Alloway, University of North Florida. This research shows us that we can realize our cognitive potential and enjoy ourselves at the same time. If we take off our shoes and go for a run, we can finish smarter than when we started.”
The study was published in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills.