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  • Beauty: Supercharge your shape
    Sometimes, it’s the small things that count. Low on effort, big on impact, our easy tips
    for fine-tuning your workout will reap maximum results. By DANIELLE FOX


    According to a Harvard University study*, running barefoot uses five percent less energy than wearing sneakers, meaning that you can go faster for longer. While running without shoes can take getting used to, gradually reducing the height of your sneaker sole will gain results and be less of a shock to your natural gait. Ideal for high-intensity workouts, the 0mm heel-toe difference of Nike Free 1.0 Cross Bionic Trainer reduces the force of each foot strike, meaning there's less impact on your joints.


    For a high-glucose, instant-energy snack, try this recipe from Psycle nutritionist Rhian Stephenson.


    - 6 soft dates

    - 2 tbsp raw coconut oil

    - 2 tsp orange zest

    - 1 tsp orange juice

    - 1 tsp chia seeds

    - 1 tsp raw cacao powder or
    1 tsp ground yerba mate leaves
    (for a boost of caffeine)

    Mix all of the ingredients in a food processor until they are well combined. Roll the mixture into a ball and place in the fridge for 20 minutes. Once cooled, cut the ball into bite-sized pieces. Store them in the fridge for up to 10 days, or in the freezer for two months.

    The Edit

    Photograph: David Burton / Trunk Archive. *Source: Havard Divert et al., 2005; Squadrone and Gallozzi, 2009

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