Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Barefoot Walking

More and more people globally are taking to bare foot walking & running. What was the norm in ancient India (either as a religious practice or as a way of living in rural India) is now becoming a modern way of healthy walking.

I first ran my barefoot marathon in Pondicherry in January 2013, inspired by author of “Born to Run.”

While I ran barefoot impulsively, without any gradual shift, I found a remarkable difference in this event, compared to my other runs. I was little slow in the beginning, as it was hurting to run without shoes. But very soon I learned how to put my foot gently on the ground, to avoid the impact of stones. I started using my core muscles more effectively in pushing my body forward. My ground contact was more to create a horizontal force to push me forward, and less to overcome the vertical force.


In the last 7-8km, I was feeling very light without shoes. Soles have got used to hard surface, and I picked-up my speed to finish in one of my best times.

Some of my experience on barefoot walking/running is shared here for your reading.
  1. It allows you to take light & natural stride in the body (this happens automatically through the feedback we receive from feet touching the ground).
  2. Much less impact & joint torque than in a shoe, hence definitely injury free experience.
  3. Many of our muscle groups have atrophied, and nerve endings have shunted, by wearing shoes. Bare foot reawakens these muscles & nerve endings. This improves balance and stimulates reflexology points.
  4. Running posture improves to help you increase your mobility and gives you more freedom.
  5. Improved blood flow to the feet (no tight shoes) & legs directly means less pain, warmer feet in winter & no varicose veins.
  6. And, lastly earthing or grounding process cleanses body of free radicals, which are primarily responsible for inflammation. If body is naturally cleansed from these excess free radicals (positively charged), we can effectively combat lifestyle diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, arthritis and diabetes.

I suggest that if we can start walking everyday for ONE hour barefoot, we can rejuvenate our soles, which are primarily responsible for our good health. However, you may also shift more gradually by using minimalist shoes (Vibram etc.), and then shifting to bare foot.

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Contribution: Mohammed Hussain Naseem – CEO |
2mpower Health Management Services Private Ltd.

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