There’s something inherently nice about taking your shoes off and moving around in bare feet. We can move our toes, our posture changes, we move differently – almost with a sense of purpose and play. For most of us, the first 4 years of life were predominantly barefoot. We used our hands and feet to explore our environment – a process that literally shaped our movement as older children and adults.
When we started school, we also started wearing shoes for longer periods of time. The result was a steady decline in our ability to fully sense our environment from the ground up. At the same time, we over-protected our feet with cushioned and/or rigid shoes, further depriving the senses and significantly affecting our ability to move skillfully. To provide more context, there is a growing body of research that suggests that many exercise-related injuries and Indeed many other health conditions can be attributed to long term use of inappropriate footwear. This evidence strongly suggests that modern footwear has weakened our feet, and we need to strengthen them (again).
There’s no doubt that going barefoot is one of the best and natural ways to strengthen the feet. However, there is a caveat: the vast majority of people will need to transition slowly if they want to enjoy a lifetime of healthy feet. The ugly truth is that if your feet have been imprisoned in padded or inappropriate footwear for many years – it will time and effort to re-train them for comfortable barefoot movement.
When we designed EVO, we had natural movement in mind. Our policy clearly states you can train in bare feet. We even created distinct training zones and selected essential equipment that supports a barefoot movement. However, we also understand that like any other part of your body, your feet must be physically conditioned and nourished for long term health. With this in mind, here are our top 5 tips for going barefoot in EVO.
If you are interested in learning how barefoot movement can improve your movement and reduce the risk of injury, please speak to an Evo Personal Trainer – feeling is believing!