Walking around barefoot begins to reconnect your brain with the sensory information coming from the soles of your feet.
It allows your mind to adapt to this new information and ‘label it’ appropriately as non-threatening and useful as opposed to uncomfortable, painful and potentially damaging.
When you can walk barefoot in a relaxed, rhythmic manner across a variety of surfaces both natural (grass, mud, sand) and man-made (concrete and tarmac) without hesitation and tension then your feet are ready for barefoot running.
- Weight moves from heel to big toe
- Shorter strides
- Don’t look down
- Relaxed, symmetrical rhythm
What could I be doing wrong?
- Long strides
- Leading with head
- Leading with pelvis
- Weight moving to outside of foot
Mastered barefoot walking? Move onto squats.