Walking outdoors is always a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The fresh air, ambiance and atmosphere really amplify the enjoyment of it. Some people will walk at their local park, on a trail or in their neighborhood. There are all kinds of places to walk and many walking styles. Walking is a universal form of entertainment and also good exercise. Some people use sneakers while others walk completely barefoot. There are pros and cons to walking barefoot.
Barefoot walking or “earthing” is a trend that has taken off recently. At first people were unsure as to whether or not it was beneficial for the feet to walk barefoot outside, but now there have been studies supporting that it is indeed good for the feet. Studies have shown that it improves quality of sleep, can reduce inflammation and also reduce stress and anxiety.
Earthing is the act of walking barefoot on sand, soil or grass. Earthing does not include walking barefoot on pavement. The theory is that walking barefoot on the earth’s natural environment directly affects the electrons your body uses to function.
If you aren’t convinced about earthing, that is okay too. Walking in general provides a lot of proven health benefits. It has been cited as reducing the risk of certain types of cancers, helps keep sugar levels down for patients with diabetes, and is good exercise for your body overall.
What if I want to walk barefoot?
Walking barefoot should be done with plenty of preparation and caution. It is important to walk in a place that is clean, free of hazardous debris, and animal matter. If you walk barefoot and injure your foot, you can become prone to wounds, infections and diseases.
There are benefits to walking barefoot. One such benefit is the effect it has on your balance. Your overall balance evens out and improves when walking barefoot. Circulation is also improved when walking barefoot. When your feet are barefoot they work harder as they walk. This allows for more muscles to be used and a higher blood flow in the feet and body. Another great benefit that barefoot walking brings is the reduction of high blood pressure. This is because it is said that when bare feet touch the ground, it wakes up nerve endings on the bottom of the feet and increases circulation for better flow.
Are you interested in barefoot walking? Are you unsure whether or not barefoot walking is right for your feet? Contact podiatrists Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot Specialist, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy - just call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today.