In previous posts, we’ve discussed the benefits of walking barefoot (“earthing”) and barefoot running. Ditching shoes or wearing minimalist footwear when jogging or walking have proven health benefits and increasing numbers of people are hopping on the barefoot bandwagon. But going barefoot can also help you when exercising in other ways. A barefoot workout can help build healthy feet, improve your balance, and add to your sense of well-being.
The primary way a barefoot workout can be beneficial is that it takes away the constraints and crutches that high-tech, constrictive, and heavily cushioned athletic shoes provide.
Why You Need to Strengthen Your Feet
When you wear shoes, they limit the range of motion of your feet. When you limit the range of motion in any part of the body for long periods of time, you can lose that range of motion and become less flexible and more prone to injury. Your feet can also come to be dependent on the protection and cushioning shoes provide and become weaker as a result. Stronger feet are less vulnerable to injuries such as stress fractures or painful foot conditions like plantar fasciitis, and strong fee also can create a healthier foundation for the rest of your body.
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