Fitness Tip of the Day: Barefoot Running
Is barefoot running the new shoe?
Minimalist running, or running either barefoot or in shoes with minimal cushion or protection, definitely has its perks. It forces you to land mid-foot or on the ball of your foot before bringing down your heel, thus creating a low arch and stable foot, which in turn strengthens your heels and creates more flexibility.
Traditional running shoes, however, tend to have bulkier cushion and encourage runners to hit the ground with the heel first, which puts added pressure on the body and could result in injuries down the road.
Try starting with a lower profile shoe and work your way up (or down) to barefoot running so that your body has time to adapt.
*Disclaimer: The aforementioned is not to be construed as medical or professional fitness advice. Please always consult the advice of a physician, nutritionist, or other medical personnel before beginning any fitness or nutritional program.