As per experts Barefoot running is Natural running. Now a days, running barefoot has become less common in most parts of the world but it has it’s own share of benefits like it reduces the risk of chronic injuries caused by heel striking in padded running shoes, also can help to strengthen the muscles of the foot and ankle.
Expert Barefoot runners often adopt forefoot or midfoot strike gaits and have a softer, more gentle landing, which may reduce their risk of injury.
Things to remember when you start Barefoot Running –
1) Running surface: Always choose softer running surface (like grass or sand track) when you start barefoot running. Launching directly on the harder surface may lead to injury & stiffness.
2) Don’t think about timing: Last thing to consider while starting barefoot running. At least for initial 6 months don’t try to run fast or push yourself unnecessarily. First adjust yourself and then focus on other things.
3) Avoid messy/broken surface: It’ll lead to injury. Proper surface (whether it’s soft or hard) is very important while running because there is no extra guard to protect your feet.
4) Increase your protein & water intake: Barefoot running requires more energy while running so the intake has to be slightly extra.
5) Remember in the starting you’ll feel like you are not running. It’ll happens with everyone, in this case keep the steady pace. You’ll adjust soon in the conditions.
6) Placement/Landing of foot has to be accurate. Don’t make mistake to land on heels.
Enjoy your Barefoot running. #RunToBeat