Fitness Tip of the Day: Barefoot Running

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.

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*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.


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Christina Mancuso Christina Mancuso, a mother of 3, has traveled to well over 70 cities on various Broadway National Tours. She is now residing in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio after spending a year in NYC to support her daughter's Broadway debut. Besides writing, traveling, and mothering, she is a 13-time marathon runner (including the 2015 Boston Marathon), freelance artist, classical violinist, and a previous Paralegal with over 20 years of writing and research experience. Mancuso is listed in 'Who's Who Worldwide' and has been recognized for "Outstanding Leadership in Media" by the International Women's Leadership Association. A former Theatre Critic for both Columbus and NYC, Christina is currently the Regional Managing Editor of and Editor-in-Chief of