Taking your shoes off and going barefoot as your everyday habit? Feel more comfortable or even think about the best cure for insomnia? Although in western society, shoes are necessary in certain situations, now that spring is here, and summer is on its way, there’s nothing stopping you from finding a park or beach, taking your shoes off and going for a barefoot stroll. The benefits might surprise you.
But there’s more to kicking off your shoes than just feeling good such that way.
Walking barefoot is one of the most basic technique in Yoga, it is believed to be able to strengthen and stretch the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your feet, ankles and calves with naked foot. This helps prevent injury, knee strain and back problems. Not only that, but because it works muscles not used when you’re wearing shoes, it strengthens and stretches your core, helping keep your posture upright, and your balance spot on.
Maybe you will love the awesome feeling of going barefoot in cool grass. It is not only physically comfortable but also good for your soul. By some ways, walking barefoot in the grass can help decrease anxiety and depression as it increases the levels of those feel good endorphins.
Can you believe that going/walking barefoot frequently helps your mental health? Of course you do can. The simple reason is when walking with naked foot, you have to be on the look out for sharp rocks and thorns at every step. Awareness of what’s in front of you in this moment quiets your inner chatter and clears your mind and helps you focus on the here and now. That sounds good right?
In fact, some people seem to think that shoes are needed either for protection of the foot and hygiene guarantee. However, also as a matter of fact, wearing shoes is probably a lot dirtier than going barefoot. Shoes trap moisture from the foot and provides a dark and damp environment. The kind of environment that fungi and bacteria thrive in. Add to that the fact that people don’t wash their shoes very often and you see why wearing shoes can be the perfect incubator for germs.
Therefore, going barefoot means you are going to get benefits for your health the same thing with you get to connect with Mother Nature all around.