Reasons To Walk Barefoot And Possible Dangers
Good habit to start walking everyday without any shoes on. It was a little experiment at first, but now it’s like a little hobby. I just like the feeling of my feet on the ground.
Whatever the surface.. Grass, Tarmac, Soil or sand.
It feels really great, but there are actually a lot of surprising health benefits to walking barefoot. These benefits come from the position of your feet when they’re not guided by shoes, and the connection between your feet and the earth. Here are the main benefits of walking barefoot..
1 – Being happy and enjoying the experience of walking
When you walk barefoot, you’re not really experiencing the surface. It’s pretty obvious, but you’re not connecting with the ground, and you’re less aware of the amazing textures of the ground.
I know some of you will be thinking this is some sort of weird and strange practice, but think about it in this way, if life is a one time thing, this is all we’ve got, wouldn’t you want to enjoy it to the best of your ability? And I’m telling you, the feeling of your bare feet walking through warm earth or soft and moist grass is amazing.
It feels so sensual and calming, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start walking barefoot years ago. There are of course dangers to walking barefoot as below.
2 – Feeling the touch of the Earth
So this is probably the most attractive benefit to walking barefoot. Grounding.
Consider that in your body, there are a certain number of ‘free radicals’ which are the leftover particles associated with inflammation. These particles create lots of stress and discord within your body when there are too many of them, and if untreated usually leads to chronic problems and ailments. These free radicals have a positive charge.
The earth meanwhile, has a NEGATIVE charge. (the free radicals have a positive charge). This means when you come into contact with the earth, with your bare feet, you’re discharging yourself, and this means you’re allowing all the excess energy to go into the ground.
Doing this for about 30-60 minutes three to five times a week will allow you a vast improvement in your energy and overall well being. You’ll feel less lethargic and more able to go and do things. You’ll have a much lower level of inflammation and you’ll even sleep better.
3 – Stabilizes body posture and feet motion
I’ve read in a number of places that walking barefoot improves your posture and your natural gait.
Your gait is the natural distance or movement of your stride when you walk or run. It affects your susceptibility to injury, and also your other joints connected to your feet, such as your knees and hips. Having a natural gait allows you to walk naturally and with a lower rate of injury, in general.
By walking barefoot, you experience a more natural gait, because you aren’t able to take large bounding strides, as you’d hurt your feet. This means you are forced to take a smaller stride, and think more carefully about your foot placement. Because your feet are exposed to the elements and the objects on the ground, you’re made to take a natural, safe step.
From what I’ve experienced in my few weeks of walking barefoot, and from when I used to walk barefoot as a kid, it works. Just after one or two days of walking in this way you’ll see that you take much more natural, safe strides when you walk. I haven’t tried barefoot running, but that’s for other reasons. I’m told that it is very good for your joints to run barefoot, as you experience less impact.
4. Have Better Good Night Sleep
After barefoot walking, our feet will feel warm and good blood circulation, after three hours resting time before sleep our blood circulation especially at foot area has tremendous improvement and will allow better blood flow from head to tail. This will provide a best medicine to have a good sleep for at least six hours. By the next day after waking up from sleep, will full energy for the current day to complete all the daily task schedule.
5. Leg Cramp and Numbness
We believe with consistent walk barefoot or to use our rubber foot massage finger cover, the leg cramp and numbness will significantly improve based on individual testimonial and hospital physio-department on clinical trials.
6. Refreshes Mind For a Productive Day
Walking barefoot involves being outdoors in contact with nature. Instead of walking on a treadmill and being so confined indoors, walking barefoot on reflexology stones in the park or anywhere in that case can help one not only reduce leg cramps and improve blood circulation but also will be able to refresh one’s mind after a long day at work or at school. This effect will to a person having a more refreshing mind every day.
Possible dangers of walking barefoot
There are some inherent dangers associated with walking shoeless. Of course, you’re more susceptible to sharp objects like thorns or flint cutting your feet.
Now, this is a difficult thing to discuss, as everyone has a sightly different opinion, but I’m going to share some of my experiences with this, and you can make your own mind up regarding whether or not walking without shoes is dangerous. So, when you first start walking barefoot, you’ll find that your feet are not strong enough or tough enough to walk on most surfaces for longer than about 5 minutes.
This is because you’ve spent your whole life waking within the sweaty confines of a shoe and socks. Your feet have grown weak as a result of you wearing shoes. If you didn’t wear shoes, your feet would be much stronger. So when you first start walking, you need to build it up slowly, or you’ll get blisters and all sorts of nasty things. Take it a day at a time, and try to increase the distance you walk gradually.
Sharp objects hurting your feet?
A common concern is that sharp objects will cut into your feet without shoes. So what did we do before shoes were invented?
Just sit around and not walk anywhere? Of course not. We walked barefoot, in fact many cultures still do. In countries where shoes are available some entire communities just choose not to wear them. After all, we don’t NEED them, it’s only because society has deemed them the norm that everyone wears them.
Walking barefoot for 3 months will give you a type of ‘armor’ in the form of tough skin on your soles of your feet. Now don’t worry, this isn’t some sort of sandpaper dragon skin type thing, it’s much like leather. Your skin only on the soles of your feet becomes like leather, soft to touch, but very touch if you try to pierce it.
I used to walk barefoot every day as a young adult, and after a few months I accidentally stepped on an upturned drawing pin in my room. Ironic right?! The one thing I step on is not on the ground outside, but in my own room. The pin pierced the skin about 1cm or so, (of course it did, it’s a pin, and I put all my weight onto it) BUT, this is the interesting thing.
It didn’t hurt. There was no blood, and after pulling it out, it was like it never happened. The skin and muscles etc around the foot were so tough that it was like it didn’t happen. Now, based on simple physics, if you step on a metal pin, it normally is going to pierce your skin. That’s common sense, BUT you’d be surprised how much your foot can resist in nature.
I used to frequently walk through country foot paths, sometimes with conker shells littering the ground. It didn’t even phase me, as my feet had become immune to the sharp objects found on the floor. Despite what you may think, most objects on the ground aren’t that sharp when you have tough feet. Nettles, thorns, conker shells, gravel, and even glass doesn’t tend to affect you AT ALL when you’ve built up your foot armor.
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The start my barefoot journey
So, after reliving the experience of freedom that I had as a child, I’ve decided to go barefoot again this summer. In winter, it’s slightly harder to do, as the moisture and cold make your feet MUCH more vulnerable to damage. For the summer, and the dry parts of winter however, I’ll be barefoot.
I invite you to try it as well, if not for a lifetime, for one summer. Start slowly like I said, but build it up! It’s a great experience and you’ll enjoy the benefits such as being grounded and feeling less inflammation. I’ll keep you updates with my experiences of going barefoot on here, but until then, try it out!
Please watch the three videos below to gain more confidence in barefoot walking!
Video 1 shows public foot reflexology wear & tear issues
Video 2 shows public walking track with wear & tear cemented tar
Video 3 shows public off-track walking cemented tar on grass and earth
Video 4 shows a video taken by professional person on walking barefoot on multiple safe environmental conditions
In conclusion of the above videos 1, 2 and 3, public area for barefoot users are not really safe therefore we strongly to do the follow on our progress of our R&D to use our rubber foot massage finger cover to reduce leg cramps and numbness plus to reduce many health related issues by performing foot massage at any time of any day. Upon receiving our massage product, there is a video below on how to effectively massage your foot for better relief which will help in reducing leg cramps and numbness which ultimately helps in improving blood circulation in the body. Please do have a look at it.