What is barefoot training?
Whenever we hear the term ‘barefoot training’ we may automatically think that it refers to running barefoot. This is because this school of thought has received a lot of attention from both the media and sports equipment/clothing brands. Many are adopting minimalist shoes or even running without any- and this may not be the right way to go for you. So although barefoot running has many virtuous aspects- it is not for everyone, however, barefoot training is!
The essential philosophy of barefoot training is that every movement starts from the ground up- think of it as your feet are your base, and everything above it will follow. It very logically suggests that ignoring the one part of your body in contact with the ground when standing, walking and running is going to be to the detriment of your performance, at best, or leave you susceptible to injury and pain, at worst.
Barefoot training does not even have to involve performing your chosen sport with footwear but it certainly involves careful consideration of your footwear and using the approach of barefoot training in your warm-up routines to ensure your body and feet are ready to perform during your run, workout or chosen sport.
What are the benefits?
By training barefoot you will:
- Improve the efficiency of your movement
- Reduce injury
- Help to develop a pre-active response to sudden changes in position
- Improve body awareness
- Improve the engagement of your hips and core.
Adopting a simple but effective 5-10 minute barefoot warm-up programme daily and before you do your training will show you just how great barefoot training is on your body and performance- and why elite athletes are using it.
Want to start training barefoot and reap the benefits? Drop by your local Physio Savvy branch to have one of our physiotherapists help you!