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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Surprising Health Benefits Of Going Barefoot

The Surprising Health Benefits Of Going Barefoot:

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Just Received Earth Runners Alphas

Just got the new Earth Runners Alphas in the mail.  Got them fitted, trimmed, ready for a run.  Can't wait to see how they stack up!  They feel good.  I wore them around for a couple of hours last night.  Seem to be of very good quality.  I will be writing a full review after I have a chance to run in them for awhile.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Earthing-More Perspective

I had an interesting experience yesterday.  At the risk of sounding too "New-Agey", I felt an intense connection with the earth.  We were working in the yard, and, as I often will do, I had kicked off an old pair of flip flops that I have, and was working barefoot.  It always feels good when I do that, but I stopped for a moment, and glanced off to the tops of a coastal mountain ridge, the view of which we are fortunate enough to see from our place.  I realized, at that moment, that there just might be something more to "Earthing" than I had realized.  With my feet in the dirt, I was absolutely connected, not with just the Earth directly beneath my feet......I was connected to that distant mountain ridge, as well.  It was a really good feeling to feel that connection.

Having practiced the Martial Art of Aikido for a number of years, I have studied and read in-depth about "Ki", or as the Chinese call it, "Chi" or "Qi".  It is that unseen force that drives the universe.  Believe it or not.  It is an individual point of view.  I just know that planting my feet in direct contact with the Earth gave me an unmistakable and direct connection with that distant mountain ridge, along with the remainder of the Earth.

Friday, July 19, 2013

The "Barefoot Community"

I've been bare footing most of my life.  Not exclusively, mind you.  The Marine Corps would have frowned upon that, I think.  I also work in a profession that requires certain dress codes, but when I'm home, I NEVER have shoes on inside, and frequently am barefoot outside, as well.

I have had, through various social media, a lot of interaction with the "barefoot" community, from purists to minimalists to dabblers.  One thing I notice is how cohesive this group is.  Not that there aren't disagreements, of course.  Maybe it's the relative numbers that give a "small town" atmosphere to the barefoot community.  It seems to be comprised of a small (compared to the shod group) group of people who really believe, based upon THEIR OWN EXPERIENCE, that reducing the amount of stuff surrounding your feet is a good thing.  Nearly all of us used to run in over-priced name brand running shoes, and have the injuries to prove it.  I have a bunion (I really hate that word, by the way) and the related adjoining toe problems on one foot from "running shoes" and boots, all of which I left permanently over 3 years ago.  The other foot seems to have miraculously escaped permanent damage.

I believe it's like the camaraderie of a group of strangers taking shelter under an overhang in the rain.  That may be the only thing they have in common, but it's enough at the moment.  If you post a legitimate question on virtually any site, page, forum, etc., you will have, almost instantly, dozens of answers from people who have had it before.  Everyone just wants to help.  I never will go back to "real" shoes as some put it.  The reasons?  Better for my feet, legs, back, you name it.  Plus, I like the company here too much.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

You need mattress springs tied to your feet in order to run?....................Really?............!!!

http://www.technewsdaily.com/18483-running-sneaker-uses-mattress-springs.html

At LAST!  Now people can really run!!!  We've been doing it all wrong for 2 million years.  Thank goodness that these guys finally came along.  Our ancestors could have hunted, survived, and procreated if only they'd had MATTRESS SPRINGS tied to their feet!  Oh, wait, they did all of that without the benefit of shoes, much less mattress springs.

Nothing against research, but reading this article, it sounds like these guys, so-called  "experts" have completely ignored our history, and focused upon the running shoe industry of the last 30 years.

I'm pretty sure that our ancestors were able to run withot the benefit of mattress springs attached to the bottoms of their feet.  I thought this was a joke.  Please let it be a joke.......................

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Plantar Fasciitis, Foot Pain, Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, Heel Pain

Here is a lot of information, much of which I was unaware.

Plantar Fasciitis, Foot Pain, Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, Heel Pain:

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Earthing-The Discussion

     There is a lot of discussion out there about this idea of "Earthing".  I don't know the answers, and I've posted links to two different views about the issue.  I don't personally know if it works, but I think it's definitely worth trying.

       I firmly believe that going barefoot is good for you.  I'm getting back to the basic philosophy of this blog.  Returning to the primitive.  Your feet were carefully and painstakingly designed over a couple of million years to work EXTREMELY WELL without any type of covering.  Our countless ancestors trekked over mountains, forests, deserts and plains without the "benefit" of the designers from Nike, Adidas, New Balance, etc. etc. etc.

     Modern shoes seek to confine the foot, squeeze it into different shapes, make it work at unusual angles, isolate it from the elements................you get it.   I don't know if the whole electrical charge thing is fact, but there is some science behind it.
      I've been going barefoot since I was a kid.  During the summers, growing up on the plains of Western Kansas, I virtually never wore shoes unless we were going somewhere that required them.  I ran, played, jumped, rode bikes, etc. without them.  I've been fortunate to be pretty healthy, too.  Is it because of all of that electrical current that I discharged?  Don't know, but I still love to be barefoot and don't plan to change that anytime soon............

Barefoot Discussions - Part 2: Not All Barefooters Believe in Grounding / Earthing. - YouTube

Another view about the issue.
Barefoot Discussions - Part 2: Not All Barefooters Believe in Grounding / Earthing. - YouTube:

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Walking Barefoot Might Be An Essential Element of Good Health

Walking Barefoot Might Be An Essential Element of Good Health:

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