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Running barefoot, running happy

Running makes you happy. The ability of running to act as an anti-depressant in humans has already been proven. A preliminary UA study, however, suggests that certain types of running shoes may improve mood better than others.

A small-scale study led by UA psychiatry professor Dr. Charles Raison, found that runners who ran in five-finger shoes, commonly known as barefoot shoes, experienced a greater increase in mood than runners who ran in regular running shoes. This finding will be used in a full-scale study exploring the anti-depressant effects of running barefoot, Raison said.

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