To Shoe or Not To Shoe? Week 6, Term 3, 2016

There is no doubt about it, the shoes you wear will play out in the way your whole body feels. There is no one solution that will suit every body but it can be incredibly useful to have a good think about your footwear. I am pretty inspired by the number of minimalist shoes on see on the rack outside our classes these days. Here was the shoes on offer at a post class coffee - impressive huh!?

 These shoes all have minimal impact on how you move. To ready more about what that means click anywhere on this image.

These shoes all have minimal impact on how you move. To ready more about what that means click anywhere on this image.

SHOES MATTER

Your feet are the foundation of your ability to move well, move more and move without pain.

The shoes we wear are frequently one of the reasons our legs are so tight. Any elevation of the heel (in our part of the world this is evident in most shoes, including runners and so called 'flats') will signal to the muscles of the back of the legs that the length of muscle there is just not being used. Your body is an efficiency machine. It won't fuel something not needed, so your tissues will shrink around what is asked of them. An additional factor is that so many of our shoes restrict natural foot movement, with very solid bases that limit the movement possible for the many joints and muscles of the foot.

 

 CONSIDER THE MOVEMENT COMPENSATIONS THAT CAN BE CREATED BY HEELS. IN THE THIRD IMAGE, NOTICE THAT THE PELVIS HAS COME FORWARD, THE RIBS HAVE PUSHED OUT IN FRONT, THE KNEES ARE BENT AND THE HEAD HAS COME FORWARD.

CONSIDER THE MOVEMENT COMPENSATIONS THAT CAN BE CREATED BY HEELS. IN THE THIRD IMAGE, NOTICE THAT THE PELVIS HAS COME FORWARD, THE RIBS HAVE PUSHED OUT IN FRONT, THE KNEES ARE BENT AND THE HEAD HAS COME FORWARD.

Imagine a world where every single step was strengthening. You didn't actually have to turn anything on. It just happened. The way your bones were stacked enabled muscles to fire of their own volition and created optimal loads to enhance bone health too. Sounds good doesn't it? It's a big part of our work together, but a fair proportion of our facility to get there has got to come down TO what we are stepping out in.

Remember, you can't change everything overnight. It takes time to transition safely and nothing is right for everyone. If you haven't read my article on shoes then please do (click right here to find it), and the best place to start when looking at moving to minimal is Katy Bowman's book, Whole Body Barefoot. The e-book is only $7.99 US dollars and you can start reading straight away. Click here on image below to go straight to the correct Nutritious Movement page.