May 30, 2024, 10:37 AM IST

8 advantages of running barefoot

Bablu Konsam

Running barefoot can offer many potential benefits, though it's essential to approach it gradually and with caution to avoid injuries.

Foot strength:  Barefoot running develops innate foot muscles which can lead to stronger, more flexible feet over time.

Kinesthesia:  When we go barefoot, our feet receive more sensory input and feedback from the ground through the smaller muscles in our feet,  potentially improving balance and stability.

Midfoot or forefoot strike:  Barefoot running encourages a more natural midfoot or forefoot strike, which reduces the impact on joints compared to a heel strike

Running form:  Running barefoot encourages a more natural, efficient running form, with a higher cadence, shorter stride length, and less vertical oscillation.

Sensory awareness:  Without the cushioning of shoes, we become more aware of the terrain and surfaces, which can encourage mindfulness and a gentler, more controlled stride.

Connection with nature:  Running barefoot on natural surfaces like grass can help in increasing the endorphin (feel-good hormones),  providing a sense of connection with nature and reducing stress.

Injury prevention:  Running, when done correctly, may reduce the risk of certain running-related injuries, such as plantar fasciitis and shin splints, due to the lower impact forces and improved running form.

 More calorie burn:  Running barefoot can lead to a higher calorie burn compared to running with shoes, as your body has to work harder without the cushioning and support of shoes

Disclaimer: This content, including advice, provides only generic information and is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Photo credits : Pexels / Unsplash / Pixabay