August 3, 2007, Newsletter Issue #75: Take Off Your Shoes

Tip of the Week

Barefoot running - worth it, or a waste of time? Definitely worth it! Incorporate barefoot running or strides into your track and field workout plan once a week and you'll spend years with fewer injuries. Track shoes today are very structured to support your feet, which is great. They also take away the need for all of the small muscles in your feet and ankles that ensure stability and pliability to develop.

Barefoot running exercises these small muscles by requiring them to move and adjust while a runners barefoot impacts the ground in a different, yet very natural way, than in shoes. Be careful not to over do barefoot running, you do need the cushion that track shoes afford.

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