Running is one of the best physical exercises you can perform. It does not require equipment, except for the shoes and clothing, and it can be done almost anywhere. Running is something natural, and it has been done since the first humans appeared.
One thing that changed over the time is the fact that people no longer run barefoot. Instead, they wear shoes. The shoes, which have the purpose of making people run better, faster, and longer, might not be as efficient as many believe.
Running shoes might make Running dangerous
Numerous experts have stated that running with shoes is dangerous for the body, and that, in time, the body sustains damage because of this practice.
More and more runners have decided to run barefoot, as running barefoot does not cause them as much pain as running with shoes does. The ones who consider that running barefoot is much better, believe that running with shoes hinders the natural stride of the body, thus injuries and pains occurring.
According to a study which was performed in 2010, people who run while wearing shoes, strike the ground with the heels of the feet first. It seems that this behavior puts lots of pressure on the body; a pressure three times the body’s weight.
In time, this pressure can lead to stress fractures, Achilles tendinitis, and various other injuries. People who run barefoot land on the balls of the feet first, and as a result, the impact is not very high.
Even if the shoe companies had a good intention, the results were not the ones they expected. The shoes help the feet, but because of the help, the whole body suffers. When we run with shoes on, the muscles do not have to work as hard as when we run without shoes. Since it does not have to work, the muscle gets weak.
When we run barefoot, we automatically flex the ankles, hips, and knees. As a result, the muscles in the feet and calves have to work harder, and they get stronger.
Things to take in consideration when Running Barefoot
People who run without shoes pay more attention to the actions they are performing, and thus, they minimize the risk of sustaining an injury. If you want to run barefoot, there are certain things you will need to take in consideration.
The most important thing is to talk to your doctor about it, and make sure that you are allowed to run barefoot. If you receive permission to do so, you will need to start slow. Start walking barefoot, and even if you run, do it at a slower pace, and for a brief period of time. This will make the body prepared for the barefoot running, and it will toughen the skin from your feet.
You might be tempted to step wherever you want, but without shoes, that is a big mistake. You should run in places where you are not in the danger of stepping in broken pieces of glass, pebbles, and so on.