How healthy is it to walk barefoot? | WEB.DE

Updated on 06/21/2022 at 16:11

  • Modern man is hardly used to walking without shoes.
  • In fact, we were made to go barefoot.
  • Therefore, walking barefoot is not only a fitness trend, but also has tremendous health benefits for the entire body.

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Almost nothing brings you closer to nature than walking without shoes. What may initially sound a bit strange to many has many advantages. Because people are actually made to walk barefoot: the soles of our feet have sensors similar to the palms of our hands, and they need impulses. However, you should not start a barefoot hike unprepared.

Walking barefoot has these advantages

Walking barefoot stimulates the sense of touch in the soles of the feet and creates intensive contact with nature. You feel the cool, wet grass, the stones warmed by the sun, the rustle of leaves, you walk through the mud, and then you wash your feet in the puddles. This also ensures a strong overall body awareness, with the feet taking in information about the environment.

Walking without shoes strengthens the muscles, ligaments and joints of the feet and ankles and improves motor skills. The body can move more freely and naturally. It also increases blood circulation in the legs and can help prevent vein problems.

Direct contact with the ground also ensures that the glued fascia loosens. Modern walking shoes can give a false sense of security, allowing you to run uphill, downhill, and jump almost too quickly. Over time, kneeling damages the hip, back, and leg joints. When walking barefoot, you automatically walk more slowly and with more concentration.

Hiking shoes make climbing easier with thick soles, but they have a negative effect on posture in the long term and cause shortening of the Achilles tendons. In addition, when walking barefoot there can be no unpleasant blisters or chafing. The feet form a natural callus and the feet become less sensitive.

This is how you prepare to walk barefoot

Before you go on a walk without shoes, you must first get used to being barefoot. Therefore, you can first walk barefoot at home or while exercising, then try a short walk without shoes.

Barefoot walks are much shorter than regular walks. Especially at the beginning, the feet have to get used to nature little by little, short distances are recommended. In many hiking areas there are so-called barefoot paths, also for children.

At first, it doesn’t hurt to have your hiking boots in your pack, in case you find it’s getting too much for your feet. Although walking barefoot has many health benefits, it also harbors dangers: It’s also important to keep an eye out for broken glass on the ground in nature. You should also be careful with thorns, sharp stones or animals.

If you go barefoot for a walk, you should always have bandages, disinfectant and tweezers in your backpack for emergencies. It also doesn’t hurt to spray your feet with an insect repellent.
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