By Ugochi Obiajunwa
Very weird, but very healthy. The simple solution to your diet problems may just be the need to walk bare feet for a while. It’s not so bad once you get used to it. Here are a few reasons why you should consider walking barefoot – be it on grass, concrete, wood, ceramic tiles, sand, or rounded pebbles.
- Improves Body Balance
By feeling the ground, people begin waking up the vestibular system (balance system) of the brain, stimulating new neural connections and remapping. Walking barefoot will aid in sending signals from the receptors embedded in your soles to the nerves in your brain. So if you’re walking barefoot on the grass, the potential signals sent from the receptors of the soles will spark your neural circuits and help maintain body balance.
- Helps Provide Blood Circulation To Your Feet
You may not realize it but your feet work very hard to help you move from one place to another. For this reason, it is equally important for your feet to receive a healthy circulation of blood from time to time. Going barefoot not only wakes up long-dormant muscles of the feet and legs, but gets more blood flow to the feet and legs to get them going. This increased blood flow means less aches and pains, less varicose veins, and warmer feet and legs in the winter
- Strengthens Feet Muscles
By going barefoot one begins to wake up new muscles, both for balance and support. Not only that, but if you look at a super-model’s legs, chances are she’s been walking barefoot at the beach, toning ALL of her leg muscles in the process.
Similarly, by walking barefoot on cobblestone pathways, your feet are given the chance to use the full set of muscles designed for natural human stride, starting with a gentle roll of the heel and ending with a push-off at the toes.
- Helps Burn Calories
Research claims that you can expect to burn roughly 50% more calories by walking or running on sand than you would normally burn on a paved ground.
Since the body requires extra energy to work your foot muscles when you walk barefoot on sand, or on pebbles, it also means that there are more calories being burned in order to supply that additional energy.
- Enhances Posture
Sitting hunched up for long hours at your work desk leads to a faulty posture which is bound to result in severe back pain. Walking barefoot helps maintain the normal alignment of your body with respect to the center of the gravity so as to ward off a series of functional and structural problems.
- Prevents Foot Abnormalities
In this present time, we walk less and commute more by cars, trains, planes, and buses. Because of this fairly inactive lifestyle, the amount of blood supplied to our feet is automatically compromised on, and this increases risks of various foot abnormalities such as plantar fasciitis, bunion, and hammertoes, which are not only terribly uncomfortable but also adversely affect your mobility. Walking barefoot for a while every day reduces your chances of facing such health problems.
Walking barefoot was and still is one of the most primitive instincts for mankind. Go ahead, kick off your shoes and reconnect your way back to nature by walking barefoot.
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