Every day for the next month we will post a new #barefootfact
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#barefootfact 30 – The shoe should let your foot do its thing. The human foot is a marvel of evolutionary engineering but has one serious design flaw … a lack of protection.
#barefootfact 29 – The foot has all the technology you need. Don’t patronise the foot, is has evolved over millions of years to a dexterous and sensitive masterpiece.
#barefootfact 28 – Feeling is believing. Proprioception informs our brain about our physical environment and how we are interacting with it.
#barefootfact 27 – Are you feeling it? The proprioceptive system uses stretch and pressure receptors situated in our muscles, joints and skin.
#barefootfact 26 – It makes sense. Proprioception: it’s our body’s sense of its own position, balance and movement.
#barefootfact 25 – Uncommon sense. What provides us with ‘body awareness’ and is commonly referred to as our 'sixth sense'?
#barefootfact 24 – Normal running shoes allow unnatural running forms. Jogging is slow, sticky and unnatural; heel-striking and only possible because of reduced proprioceptive feedback.
#barefootfact 23 – 'Jogging' is not natural. Jogging is a modern invention gaining popularity in the 1960s, around the same time as padded running shoes.
#barefootfact 22 – The better the feedback, the better the movement. Softer surfaces reduce the efficiency of our elastic recoil and cause excessive muscle activity.
#barefootfact 21 – Without sensory feedback the brain gets confused. Did you know that we’re more likely to injure ourselves on soft surfaces than hard ones?
#barefootfact 20 – Technique is everything. Using your running anatomy beyond its structural capabilities is the root cause of all running injuries.
#barefootfact 19 – If you don't use it, you lose it. Your running anatomy; muscles, tendons and ligaments, need regular use in order to stay healthy.
#barefootfact 18 – When we sprint, we use a forefoot landing technique – touching the ground with only the ball of the foot.
#barefootfact 17 – You have natural shock absorption, literally putting a spring in your step. Using the elastic recoil of the Achilles tendon, the plantar fascia and ligaments, our foot and ankle work like a powerful spring.
#barefootfact 16 – Natural running takes balls! When we run we land on the ball of the foot and then the heel.
#barefootfact 15 – Say hello to Mr. Big toe. When walking the three pivot points work together to allow smooth horizontal displacement of the body’s centre of mass.
#barefootfact 14 – Don't walk like a chimp! When we walk, the foot and ankle create three ‘rockers’, or pivot points.
#barefootfact 13 – Appropriate shapes as speed and force increase. Our feet allow us to execute three very different forms of locomotion: walking, running and sprinting.
#barefootfact 12 – A masterpiece of engineering. The human foot is a complex system of springs and levers, unmatched elsewhere in nature.
#barefootfact 11 – 28 bones, 19 ligaments and 200,000 nerve endings. One of the main structural features that make humans unique is our feet.
#barefootfact 10 – Don't be scared of gravity. The human movement system requires regular, natural loading with gravity to maintain: Bone density, muscular strength, tendon elasticity.
#barefootfact 9 – Movement is medicine. Human locomotion creates physical and mental challenges, which our bodies and brains have evolved to deal with.
#barefootfact 8 – If you can't run, you're food. Humans have evolved over the last two million years to become the only upright, bipedal, running primates.
#barefootfact 7 – The human foot is an evolutionary masterpiece and has all the technology you need. Muscles and tendons provide 'natural' shock absorbtion. The skeletal system provides 'natural' motion control. The nervous system provides 'natural' sensory feedback.
#barefootfact 6 – Padded shoes allow us to run in unnatural ways. The answer is simple: we have forgotten how to run.
#barefootfact 5 – No evidence that modern running shoe technologies reduce injuries!? Why haven’t injuries such as ‘runners knee’, ‘shin splints’ and ‘plantar fasciitis’ become rare and unfortunate occurrences?
#barefootfact 4 – If humans have evolved as endurance running specialists, why do about 80% of us injure ourselves every year?
#barefootfact 3 – We were born to run…endurance running was the major evolutionary stimulus in shaping human anatomy and physiology.
#barefootfact 2 – There are many different kinds of exercise, but walking and running are the most natural, effective and accessible.
#barefootfact 1 – For a healthy life regular physical activity is a more powerful remedy than any drug you can take for modern day epidemics.
The next fact will be posted tomorrow…