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VIVOBAREFOOT Transition

May 24th, 2017 | by Annie Lewis
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YOUR BAREFOOT TRANSITION
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Did your feet look strikingly similar to the damaged weak ones we showed to you recently?
Then take a read how to go about your barefoot transition to healthy feet!


FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION

Healthy feet are the foundation of good movement. The good news is that over the last 2 million years, evolution has already done the complicated bit coming up with some pretty good bits of kit for standing, walking and running; your feet!

Natural feet are compromised by wearing non-foot shaped shoes:  padded, supported and narrow footwear make shoe shaped feet…   The good news is that your feet can adapt quickly back to being foot shaped and strong. Let your feet do their natural thing.

It’s also really important to have flexible ankles and hips – so being able to do a deep squat – the most natural of human movements – (just ask any child or human that hasn’t spent a lifetime on chairs) is fundamental to healthy natural movement.  Again the good news is that if you’ve forgotten how, with some simple exercises you can quickly regain this vital movement range.

SHOES OFF. GET WALKING
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Whatever your movement gig is (from dancing to running to skiing) having strong healthy feet will only be a positive.

Start wearing barefoot shoes everyday in your everyday life and your feet will start to change shape (from shoe shaped to foot shaped) and the hundreds of intrinsic muscles in your feet will dramatically strengthen.

Add some Toe-Ga exercises to the mix everyday, while you’re in the shower, in the pool, watching The Walking Dead or brushing your teeth.  Your big (great) toes will start to straighten and the more you use them (they are designed to be your bodies pivot and anchor) the more healthy your movement will be.

A SQUAT A DAY….

Natural movement is about more than just your feet – your body needs to be able to make the shapes it was designed to make (just look at any kid).

The deep squat is one of the most natural positions for humans to adopt, but years of sitting in chairs has impacted this innate ability in many of us.  Spend less time in chairs and more time sitting on the floor, on one knee, on both knees, in a squat (try and do 10 minutes at a time).

HOW TO SQUAT LIKE A HUMAN

Feet flat on the ground, rooting the big toe to the floor. Bend your knees and keep the weight of your body forward. Practice every day and, if you need help, use a little support to help you get down there (a table or chair and/or put your heels on a little raise like a broom handle).    Try eating a meal with your friends and family at a low table with the help of a poof or a cushion.

BORN TO RUN?
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Humans are evolved to run long distances without shoes, but years of modern footwear and sitting in chairs takes its toll and it usually takes time to get your body back in shape (healthy feet and flexible squat) for running.

Once you’ve got completely used to standing and walking barefoot and your body feels ready for the next step, kick things off with a very slow run in barefoot shoes.  It is most healthy to run at a very gentle pace for a longer time – than shorter faster runs.   Common sense rules apply.  Get advice on technique from a certified coach train and your feet gradually, at a pace that feels right for you.
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