Nike Joyride: How thousands of tiny 'bubbles' can aid your running

David Cooper 29/07/2019
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The new Nike Joyride

An innovative new member of the Nike cushioning platform has been unveiled.

While we are already familiar with the iconic Air and React systems, the Joyride is something completely different.

Nike Joyride is a Nike-only, proprietary cushioning system made of thousands of TPE beads. The beads are placed within zonally-tuned pods, which allows the foam to expand in all directions offering the runner a personalized underfoot experience with great impact absorption.

The latest running silhouette is designed with a system that creates a dynamic footbed that forms to your foot and feels personalized to you.The pod scale is based on how the foot strikes the ground when in motion. The heel pod, for example, is bigger to absorb impact, while those at the forefoot are prepared to facilitate a smooth transition forward. The unique sensation is said to be almost like running on bubbles.

The science behind it

Joyride is the result of intense, iterative trialing. One hundred and fifty materials were tested before landing on a TPE (a copolymer of plastic and rubber) for the beads.

Engineering the Podsalso helped solve the problem of the beads migrating too much around the foot and becoming uncomfortable. With Pods, Nike designers were able to create a zonal-tuning for each respective iteration of Nike Joyride.

Beads are dispersed within the pods to match the zonal-tuning that aligns with the performance needs of specific points in your stride. (For example, if there are 8,000 total beads in a running shoe,some 50 percent of the beads would cover the heel strike while 5 percent would offer cushioning at the toe.)

Where you will see them in the UAE

Nike Joyride releases first in the Nike Joyride Run Flyknit. Designed for all runners, the soft cushioning and smooth transition helps ease impact — important whether you’re a seasoned marathoner taking light run or a novice looking to find your stride.

The Nike Joyride Run Flyknit is available on 15TH August , starting at AED 849 available in the Dubai Mall store, Mall of The Emirates store, Marina Mall, Yas Mall.

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Three ways to improve your mental approach to fitness

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Spending time working on your mindset is nearly as important as your fitness.

We spend more time thinking and weighing up decisions in life than we do on the training field or in the gym.

Here, we take a look at three ways we can improve our mindset and mental approach to exercise.

Get outdoors

Dubai and Abu Dhabi have many parks and walking routes which are ideal to get out and unwind.

Surround yourself with like-minded people to help you rub off their positive energy and keep your mind active.

If there are people weighing you down or making you unhappy, then spend less time with them.

Yoga is also a great outlet to help you slow down your breathing, increase your flexibility and meditate, releasing the pressures from daily life.

Keep moving forward

Many of us spend countless hours thinking about the past and some mistakes we’ve made along the way.

We shouldn’t regret the past because at that time of our lives we were happy and that’s the reason why it’s important to focus on the present and keep moving forward.

Having a goal is the best way to progress and maintain your focus – whether it’s to run a marathon or join a sports club in a bid to make new friends and boost fitness.

Be grateful for your health and your current situation in life – and realise that what’s meant for you won’t pass you by.

New challenge

Motivate yourself to take up a new activity or hobby outside of work.

We often get bored from doing the same thing over and over again, so getting involved in a new sport or fitness class will help you to have a different focus and distract your mind from the stresses of life.

Keeping the mind active, with a new challenge every few months, is the best way to boost your overall health.

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Where to run in Dubai? The Emirate's best running tracks

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The hardest step is getting off the sofa and leaving the house!

Running is the easiest way to get fitter and is incredibly effective at making you mentally and physically healthier.

If you’re looking to improve your fitness, check out these seven running routes, applicable to all running abilities and distances.

All of the following locations are open 24-7 and free-to-use:

JUMEIRAH BEACH

One of the most scenic places to run in the city and the beauty of it is you can actually follow a designated, soft-surface running track with markings.

Starting at Umm Suqeim Beach (Sunset Beach) under the gaze of the iconic Burj Al Arab, the 7km stretch takes you past Kite Beach and all the way down to Jumeirah 1. If you then turn around and go back, you’ll clock up 14km.

It’s never overly busy and it’s easy to stop for a drink or stretch mid-run too. In addition, it has a really fun vibe at the weekend.

DUBAI WATER CANAL

One of the newest running routes around when it was completed in late 2016, take in 6.4km of the waterfront and mix it up with as many as five pedestrian bridges.

A stunning view of the Downtown skyline will accompany you and it is also easy to link-up with the Jumeirah beaches via Al Maktoum Bridge. The best access to the canal is from Business Bay and Al Habtoor City if you’re coming from Sheikh Zayed Road.

AL BARSHA POND PARK

A short and sharp 1.4km running track that surrounds the pond and is marked every 100m. Perfect for speed work or interval training rather than the long run. Busier in the evenings with plenty of people working out.

AL ITTIHAD PARK

Sticking with the Palm, the park area next to the Golden Mile Galleria has a lovely 2.7km track loop interspersed with workout stations and is a good way to work up an evening sweat if you’re short on time.

DUBAI MARINA

The 9km loop is perhaps the location to run in Dubai (particularly if you live in the populous Jumeirah Lake Towers or JBR) and has fantastic views to match.

The Marina boasts a completely flat surface with a few short inclines (steps) as you cross two bridges on the full route, with one of them being close to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai and then the other next to the unmissable Cayan Tower.

There are also four other bridges linked up with the Marina which means it is possible to run short distances, or repeats, giving flexibility to tweak your volume.

In the early morning and daytime, the venue is pretty much empty but is a lot busier in the evening with running groups meeting at Dubai Marina Mall often.

JLT PARK

A popular spot for an outdoor session in the evenings, JLT has a spongy blue running track and free-to-use upper-body and core workout machines. The green bowl and attached parks are also good for a kick around or a few overs of cricket!

GREENS/EMIRATES HILL

This is a kind 10km loop, starting at the Greens and running back around until you’re finished at Emirates Hill. On the route you’ll take in Jebel Ali Racecourse and part of First Al Khail Street (behind JLT) on your way to knocking off the top distance.

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