Fit Kit: Running on clouds and the app of the week
Three cushioned shoes for neutral/underpronating runners that feel like running on clouds.
Brooks Ghost 6: €130, brooksrunning.co.uk
The neutral Brooks Ghost 6 is a soft, cushioned, medium to wider fitting shoe. The midsole of this shoe features a very lively Brooks DNA cushioning system along with the lovely flexible sole designed to roll along like a caterpillar. This shoe is also ideal if you wish to use your own custom orthotics or insoles. Also very universal for walking or running over a variety of terrains. Available in normal and wide fits for men and women.
Hit: Super cushioned and comfortable.
Knock: Wider sole than a normal running shoe.
Asics Gel Nimbus 15: €160, asics.ie
Asics have put all their research and development over the years into the Gel cushioning system which has earned this shoe many awards for its cushioning. The 15th edition now introduces a ‘fluid-fit' fabric on the top part of the shoe to make it extremely comfortable and ventilated. Combined with a sole which is broken down into partitions that guide the foot better when running. And you get loads of Gel running the entire length of the shoe from the forefoot to the heel.
Pros: Soft and sturdy. Available in a wide fit as well.
Cons: Not as flexible as other neutral cushioned shoes.
Saucony Triumph: €150, saucony.ie
With a more cushioned sole you generally get more weight, but Saucony have defied this with the use of Powergrid foam that keeps the weight of the shoe down. Because of its composition the powergrid is considerably lighter than typical cushioning products. The upper is very light as well with a glued seam forefoot and very ventilated mesh. The fit is slightly wider than normal and flex when running is feels very natural. The main thing about this shoe is the 8mm of height difference between the heel and toes.
Pros: Light, flexible and comfortable straight out of the box.
Pros: The fabric mesh is very thin around the toes.
App of the week
Human: iPhone, free
Human is an app that stands out among a sea of overly quantitative and sometimes repetitive fitness apps. It takes a far less rigid approach to a healthier lifestyle than most of its competitors, and may appeal to those of you who do not wish to take an entirely scientific approach to getting into shape. Whether you walk, jog, sprint or dance, this app will take note of your fitness activity.
With this app in tow, all that you have to worry about is staying active. The app will measure your daily activity in minutes rather than calories. Human demands at least 30 minutes of exercise per day, and if you are coming up slightly short it will nudge you to engage in some sort of activity.
In this way, the app keeps on top of you and pushes you without being overly forceful. You can also input relevant information, for example if you have worked out in the gym for 30 minutes on a given day.
For those of you who want to avoid the head-melting and often confusing numbers game that seems to accompany any fitness regime these days, this app might be worth looking into. It is solely concerned with your level of activity, and if you maintain an active lifestyle over an extended period of time desirable fitness results are sure to follow!