Nothing kills the mood like a big greasy bunion, right? If it’s not too late for you, apparently it is advised that you go barefoot as often as possible in order to strengthen your foot muscles and allow your toes to remain in their natural position.
While comfortable, shoes typically contain a lot of padding that prevents you from using certain muscle groups that improve your stability, and ultimately your walking. Foot surgeon Bruce Pinker, believes that going barefoot will allow you to improve your stability by working out these often-neglected muscles.
Awareness of Surroundings
Getting your feet ‘down in the dirt’, as it were, is a great way to allow yourself to have a greater awareness of your surroundings. This is especially true for children. Both adults and kids can benefit in the sensory information category by going barefoot when out and about.
One study showed that walking around barefoot can improve your sleep. The theory of ‘earthing’ or ‘grounding’ suggests that having contact with the electrons of the Earth’s surface will lead to a greater sleep.
A study suggests that being barefoot can reduce stress quite a bit. In fact, All participants within this particular study claimed to have had their stress either greatly reduced or completely gone by the end of it.
Increased Control Over Foot Position
Constantly partaking in the act of walking sans-shoes allows you to restore your natural walking pattern or ‘gait’. Walking barefoot allows your foot to strike the ground in a way far better than it does when it is in a shoe. According to Dr.Jonathan Kaplan, a foot & ankle specialist, this is a good thing.
Not only does walking barefoot allow your spine to be kept in a more balanced position, but it may also help keep you upright in the future. Evolutionary biologist Daniel E. Lieberman suggests that people who grow old having not spent enough time barefoot may be more prone to falling and injuring themselves.
Wearing shoes changes your natural posture. Because of this, being barefoot will allow your body to stay aligned as it should be, from your knees, hips, core, and ankles.
When working out, we often worry about choosing the proper shoe in order to increase comfort and/or improve performance. However, studies on ‘earthing’ showed us that people who exercised without shoes suffered less injuries and had a shorter recovery time than people who exercised with shoes.
Improved overall body functionality
Evidence of an improved nervous system and blood flow due to walking barefoot has been found through several studies of ‘earthing’.