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Health Benefits Of Barefoot Walking


Barefoot walking and exercising has some health benefits,as long as you follow the safety precautions and participate in moderation.

                WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BAREFOOT WALKING?

The benefits are as follows :-

[a] The most straightforward benefit to barefoot walking is that in theory,walking barefoot more closely restores our natural walking pattern,also known as our gait.

[b] Better control of your foot position when it strikes the ground.

[c] Improvements in balance,proprioception and body awareness which can help with pain relief.

[d] Better foot mechanics which can lead to improved mechanics of the hips and core.

[e] Maintaining appropriate range of motion in your foot and ankle joints as well as adequate strength and stability within your muscles and ligaments.

[f] Relief from improperly fitting shoes which may cause bunions hammertoes or other foot deformities.

[g] Stronger leg muscles which support the lower back region.

Although these are benefits of barefoot walking there are some demerits also such as follows :-

              THE POTENTIAL DANGERS OF WALKING AND EXERCISING BAREFOOT :

Walking barefoot in your house is relatively safe.But when you outside,you expose yourself to potential risks that could be dangerous.

Without appropriate strength in the foot,you are at risk of having poor mechanics of walking,thereby increasing your risk for injury.

This is especially important to consider when you are beginning to incorporate barefoot walking after having spent much of your life in shoes.You need to consider the surface being walked on.While it may be more natural to walk or exercise barefoot without additional padding from shoes,you are susceptible to injury from the terrain or wet surfaces or issues with temperature,glass or other sharp objects on the ground.

You also take the chance of exposing your feet to harmful bacteria or infections when you walk barefoot,especially outside.

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