This article is for people who are fit and want to be this way. If you are a couch potato or worst – a football, skip this
People may be surprised that somebody is even discussing barefoot running; but think about it.
Our feet evolved this way, moulded to run barefoot. Whereas with shoes, the whole sole touches the ground, also the heels of the shoes are a little lifted up. Another thing you will notice whilst running with shoes is that when you run, your heels touch the ground first.
Whereas if you run barefoot, the front of your foot touches the ground first. Barefoot runners often adopt forefoot or midfoot strike gaits and have a softer, more gentle landing.
This basic difference in the way the mechanism takes place have lead many to concur that running barefoot would be better. A lot of people have gone for the compromise of wearing shoes that resemble the out mould of the feet.
But those shoes are very costly and not everybody can afford them right now. They will get cheaper in future.
But shoes must have some advantages as everybody wears them?
Yes. Researchers have found out that running great distances barefoot can lead to weakening of bones in the foot. But these effects are not there for running short distances. Do note that there hasn’t been much research and more needs to be done on this area.
So if you run short distances – like high intensity interval running* – then running barefoot is fine. But if you are jogging 11 kms daily, then maybe you should get some shoes.
High Intensity interval training – Is running for short duration (2 minutes per spurt) very fast then resting (by walking) till you get your breath back. Running like this totalling 16 minutes (16 minutes running very fast) per day can have the same effect on your body like exercising for an hour.