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Why You Should Consider Barefoot Running

By Genevieve Cunningham

It wasn't long ago that barefoot running was all the rage. Everywhere you turned (on the internet!), there was ample information about why you should take off your shoes and go for a jog. Big companies even started making shoes designed to protect your feet while still giving them the feel of being barefoot. While the big fuss about barefoot running has certainly died down, the basics behind the practice are still the same. As it turns out, barefoot running can be good for you. If you haven't yet given this slightly odd method of exercise a try, take a look at these reasons why you should consider it.

You Get Better Balance

When all of your foot can feel the earth underneath it, it forces you to maintain better balance. Many notice that their lower legs are incredibly sore after their first barefoot run. While this makes some nervous, it's usually caused by the act of balancing throughout the entire run. Why is this good? Because balance makes you stronger, more nimble, and gives you confidence in future exercises.

It Makes Your Feet Strong

Most people don't realize how weak our feet are! They're always protected. The soles are soft and easily injured. Because of this, you'll want to run barefoot somewhere safe, perhaps a clean beach. But over time, your feet will gain strength and toughness. They'll become more resistant to injury. The catch? The transition is tough, so be gentle on your feet when you first start the process.

It's Natural

Proponents of barefoot running claim that it's simply a more natural state of being. They claim that this natural state is how we were meant to be on the earth. And they also claim that because it's more natural, it's overall better for our bodies. Is this true? It likely has some merit. But the only way to know for sure is to give it a try and consult your doctor to make sure it's a safe venture for your personal body and goals.

Barefoot running has been around a while now. There are plenty of people who swear by the practice. And though the average person hasn't given it a try, the benefits continue to stack up in its favor. If you're a runner, give it a try to see if it works for you. Be gentle, be safe, and be smart about it. But if it makes you feel better, you have a new natural way of staying healthy for a lifetime.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Folsom, Calif.

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