Barefoot running January 19 2013, 0 Comments

 How to start running barefoot or in minimalist shoes:

- Take it slowly. Most of us have grown up using thick soled sneakers, and running with a heel strike motion. Because of this, certain muscles in our feet and legs have become weaker over time due to lack of use. But when wearing barefoot shoes, these weak muscles (most especially the muscles in your feet) will start to work more. And if you push these muscles too hard too soon you’ll end up with a case of wicked post-workout soreness. To avoid this start off by simply walking in your barefoot shoes or by just doing a bit of light jogging for 10-15 minutes at a time. No sprinting and definitely no long distance running in the early stages. Eventually, after a few weeks, you can upgrade to your normal running routine.

- Go soft. In the beginning, avoid running on concrete, asphalt and rugged hiking trails since they might be too hard and bumpy. Instead run indoors or on well-groomed dirt trails if you can. These softer surfaces will be more gentle on your feet.

- Stretch. Make sure you stretch before and after each walk and run. This will help reduce soreness you’ll feel in the earlier stages as your feet and leg muscles build up strength.

- Use the Heel & Hips running style. When running, keep your back straight, hips dead under your shoulders and dead above your feet. 

- Last but not least, HAVE FUN!