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Benefits of Walking Barefoot

Bare feet covered in sand
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Why your bare feet may keep you grounded

I grew up running and playing mostly barefooted. As children we ran and played with abandon and no shoes during the vacations from school and on weekends.

Whenever we could, like on our way home from school, we would remove our shoes for added freedom and fun! Who invented those restrictive items anyway?

During the rainy season, the children had a grand time just wading in the water playing and kicking it around. We would hold our dresses up or roll our pant legs out of harms way and just be young.

A favorite pastime was playing what we called ‘duck duck goose’, a game where you grabbed the flattest stone you could find and let it skim the top of the water before going under. The one whose stone stayed afloat the longest won.

Those were fun days and I would not change my childhood for anything.

As I grew older however I was drawn to science and that knowledge caused me to pull away from my norm in favor of always wearing shoes, at least outdoors.

I never wear any type of foot covering indoors (unless it’s really cold), as I love the feel of my feet on the natural floors. I use my bare feet to also let me know how many times I need to clean my floors. I hate the feel of debris and grime underfoot. Walking bare-footed has become a lost art, so I began to wonder why…

The art of walking barefoot on grass or earth is known as grounding or earthing and offers many health benefits.

 

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Our bodies and our relationship to the earth.

Emerging scientific research has been unearthing, so to speak, a symbiotic relationship between living things and their environment. Scientists are seeking answers as to some of the ways in which our environment may influence our health.

According to science, direct physical contact with the earth allows us access to the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the earth. Our modern lifestyle and use of foot coverings separates humans from such contact and that the disconnect may well be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and in physical and mental health.

Grounding or earthing

Direct connection with the earth’s electrons has been found to promote intriguing physiological changes and scientific reports of well-being. This grounding or earthing refers to direct contact with the earth’s surface. The skin-earth contact allows for the earth’s electrons to enter and flow through our bodies promoting good health.

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Benefits of walking bare feet

  1. Better sleep by improving the circadian rhythm

  2. Reduced pain / increased healing time

  3. Reduced inflammation

  4. Reduce blood viscosity

  5. Increased wound healing

  6. Decreased stress

  7. Improves balance and is our natural walking pattern

  8. Build strength and increased mobility

  9. Better able to maintain homeostasis

 

Risks of walking bare feet

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Of course walking bare feet is not without risks;

  1. be mindful if you are diabetic and have peripheral neuropathy of any kind as you may not feel injury to your foot.

  2. If you have any type of decreased sensation you have to be very aware of where your feet are at all times.

  3. Note your surroundings for situations that may cause physical or parasitic infections.

  4. Consider the surface and the impact of your feet against said surface.

  5. Assess each day for injuries.

Final thoughts

Science is playing catch-up to the health benefits of bare-feet walking. Emerging links show we are our best selves when we make direct contact with the earth and benefit from its electrical pulses that influences our health and mental wellness in positive ways.

We are better able to care for our joints when we are not outfitted with shoes that may be ill-fitting causing more discomfort than they offer protection.

Walking without shoes strengthens leg and lower back muscles and allows for transfer the earth’s electrons from the ground into the body.


So take good care of your feet and avoid the pitfalls below … 😊

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References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc
  2. https://www.livescience.com/

35 thoughts on “Benefits of Walking Barefoot

  1. L❤️VE this post.

    Great information and recently I was feeling a little overwhelmed and overloaded and though I love to walk in nature, a good friend reminded me how healing it is walking barefoot or sitting in the grass.

    Such simple, helpful and loving suggestions you make. I feel like this post was a sign that I need to make it a priority for my overall health. Thanks Pene and I hope your close to 100% again 🙏🥰

    1. I am so happy to hear your friend’s recommendation. I have recently begun walking bare feet outside again.
      I am getting close to 100%. Thank you so much.

  2. Very informative! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, you are so welcome.

  3. Really informative. Grounding does connect us to nature and helps us rejuvenate. The points on electrolytes and disconnect when wearing shoes are really eye opening.

  4. Very good post! I loved being barefoot as child; I still love the feel of the grass or the sand beneath my feet. It does make you feel more centered somehow. Also, I think it connects us to our childhood…there is freedom in not having to put on a pair of shoes.

    1. There certainly is that carefree memories of time past. I have started practicing it again.

  5. Great post gifted50. I did not know about the grounding and electrons. I walk around in my yard where there is a lot of sharp rocks and sticks, and even old glass and rusted nails, so I walk slowly and step slowly to sense anything that is too sharp, and the little pressure points with every step sends energy through the whole body, very stimulating. This indeed is a subject that needs more press. Thanks for the info !

    1. Nice. That’s how it was when I was a kid, you become pretty adept at sensing danger underfoot.
      Thank you for reading.

  6. Pene, I love to practice grounding or earthing. I should take more time for it. I hope you are feeling better each day. Cheryl

    1. Yes ma’am working my way up to that.

  7. I agree walking barefoot is great in MODERATE doses. Overall a great article, BUT I’m disappointed that you ignored issues with fallen arches and plantar fasciitis (among a couple of other things) caused by being barefoot too much.

    On the flip side, you also left out that it’s good to just let your feet breath too. 🙂 I pretty much live in my Birkenstocks for that reason and their good arch support. When I’m not wearing them though, I’m more than likely barefoot. 😀

    1. OH and the electron thing… Grounding is an OLD spiritual technique practiced worldwide. Experiments with quantum particles and such have proved it works. Just mentally ground yourself if you can’t be barefoot. “Energy flows where attention goes” O_O

      1. You are correct. There now have apparatus to use for grounding while indoors. MY mother reported to me that her knee pain and range of motion has been better since she has been walking barefoot.

    2. I am sorry … the articles can get really long and I was not sure people like reading those long articles.
      Thank you for your input.

  8. I like walking barefoot 🙂

    1. It is a lot of fun.

  9. Hi, this is great information. I love to do this.
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. A great reminder of the time in my childhood when I walked barefooted sometimes. I felt free. Later I learnt there’s healing in that practice; now I know !

    1. I know what you mean.

  11. Wow. Informative. 💯❤
    I should do that more often. I don’t like the cold floor so I am 98% on slippers or a foot wear. 🙈

    1. I am a bare feet in house person and I cannot sleep with anything on my feet as well. And the cold feels really good except when the tiles are really cold in winter.

      1. Aww. That is good. 😊
        We are quite opposite on this. I only take it off when going on the bed. 😂🙈
        I would try doing it often. 😇
        Happy Sunday sis.

  12. Hello gifted50 I have nominated you for the School Days Challenge. This is on my page. I hope you will take part in this.

    1. Thank you for the nomination, I appreciate you.

      1. You are welcome gifted50. Your words mean a lot to me.

  13. Walking barefoot is, indeed, incredible. As you mentioned, this form of art is lost somewhere. It may be prevalent in the rural areas but in the urban settlements where buildings and flat systems have reduced the number of open spaces, this is definitely a problem.

    1. Sadly this is the truth. I have begun walking bare feet in my backyard.

  14. 🤣 🤣 What!!! 🤭This is amazing

  15. 🤗🤗 I love this. Brought back childhood memories

    1. I know. Now I walk bare feet in my backyard.

  16. I love walking barefoot – I still take my shoes off at every opportunity, although I have heard lately that if you work at home, wearing shoes does something psychologically to improve productivity. If that’s the case, there’s probably been a little less productivity during the quarantine, with all the people working from home and wearing slippers. 😉
    Bare feet outside is great – unless you step on a nail and it goes all the way through your foot. In that case, not so great. (Please don’t ask me how I know. :/ )

    1. Lol. I know about the nail-in-foot as well. But you have been reaping the benefits of barefoot walking.

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