3 benefits of going barefoot
Like many things in life, getting back to basics is good for our mind, body, and spirit. Going barefoot is one of them.
The average foot contains 33 joints, 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles. That’s a lot of working parts that need to move freely in order to stay supple, strong and healthy. One way to do this is to walk barefoot. Here are three reasons why.
1. Improving posture
Everything from wearing high heels to hunching over our computer screens is causing many of us to slump forward instead of keeping our backs straight. In fact, you’ll notice that even your running shoe has a 1-2-inch heel, which forces you to ever-so-slightly lean forward at the waist, potentially straining your hamstrings, lower and upper back, shoulders, and neck. Going barefoot helps to realign our posture, strengthen leg muscles, improve posture, and elongate the body.
2. Free reflexology session
Whether you’re taking the dogs for a walk along in the park, scrambling over rocks with the kids at the beach, or doing simple chores around the home, going barefoot stimulates different pressure points in your feet, which correspond to specific organs, muscles, and nerves. If you’re not used to walking around outside without wearing your Havaianas or sneakers, your feet might feel particularly sensitive at first. However, over time, you will build a resilience to the different shapes, textures and surfaces.
3. Better blood flow
Feet constantly constrained by closed-in, ill-fitting shoes are limited in the way they move, which in turn restricts circulation. Bare feet, on the other hand, freely move about, giving your entire foot a constant, three dimensional workout. The more your feet work, the stronger they become and the more blood flow they need. Increased blood flow flows through to the heart, which helps reduce varicose veins and builds leg muscles.