Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Barefoot Running- the Natural Way to Run

The ancients always believed that if you run on the earth, you can run forever. Shoes, as used by the modern generation are supportive, but this leads to artificial propping of the feet, that prevents them from working as they should, naturally.

It is a fact that serious runners will have leg injuries, which are often traced back to the shoes that they wear. Shoes can block pain, but rarely reduce the impact that running can cause on the heels and soles of the feet. It is said that wearing shoes is like turning off the fire alarm and prevents a person from dealing with leg injuries even before they occur. Barefoot running can change the way a person runs because it can allow the feet to immediately sense pain, and thus cause a change in the stride, or other action during running so that it reduces the pain. Shoes, on the other hand, can make our feet weak and lead to running with most of the weight transferred to the inside edge of the feet.

During running the outside part of the heel makes the first contact with the running surface. The foot then rolls in by a small percentage until it is completely in contact with the ground. This rolling in acts like a shock absorber and distributes the impact. When the gait cycle ends, the front of the foot pushes off by using the big toe and second toe. This natural process of running can be restricted when you wear shoes, and that is why barefoot running, the natural way, is the best. Your running adapts to your own construction of your feet and low or high arches will not matter.

Modern day man is not used to running barefoot, and this is where technology has come to the aid with the development of Vibrams or footwear that mimics the natural foot and allow you to run the natural way.

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