A couple weeks ago, I posted a video about a professor who has put a nail in the coffin of the shoes versus barefoot debate. This is the LAST WORD on why going barefoot is better than wearing shoes. In my mind, there’s not even grounds for a debate anymore. There is an abundant wealth of evidence being rapidly uncovered that going barefoot is a superior option for walkers, runners, and anyone for that matter. We now know beyond reasonable doubt that going barefoot is healthier, more efficient, more practical (under certain circumstances), and ultimately cost-free. Every counter-argument gets shut down like a Daytona Beach drug bust. It’s proven that the benefits far outweigh the supposed risks. Plus, it feels better, too!
So, we now know the fundamental fact. Not only that, but thousands upon thousands of people have read my Definitive Guide for Going Barefoot. Furthermore, thousands have been inspired by my barefoot sprinting and barefoot running in the snow videos. Crowds have oo’ed and ah’ed at the Barefoot Sensei Mick Dodge and other emerging guru’s like Barefoot Ted, Ken Bob Saxton, and most prominently Christopher McDougall (author of Born to Run – highly recommended). Jaws drop open when my wife casually mentions to people (like that gal who sold us FiveFingers) that I climbed Mt. Washington barefoot, and now hike barefoot all the time, like here and here.
Now, I want to know if you’ve decided to adopt this practice into your lifestyle…
Now, I’m not a gambling man, but I’d be willing to bet that a majority of my readers have decided to go barefoot more often than they used to. Perhaps not all the time, but at least a majority are beginning to experiment with being barefoot some or most of the time (whether for a walk, run, training session, whatever). My readers are a group that not only take their health and fitness seriously, but they’re goal achieving specialists and action-taking masters, too. When they want something, they make it happen – no matter what. However, I also know that an overwhelming majority of people are also NOT taking this good advice to ditch the shoes. We’ve seen it in mainstream media sources – the word is getting out there fast. But alas, a major majority of American’s and others will still choose NOT to go barefoot.
Nothing changes the fundamental fact that most people in America and around the world know the right thing to do, know the best thing to do – even know what they want to do – and yet, still don’t do it.
People not only choose NOT to do the right thing, but they also choose to do the wrong thing, too. This could be for any number of reasons: fear, doubt, ignorance, complacency, or non-conformity just to name a few.
With barefooting, it really doesn’t get any easier to make a substantial life-changing decision for the betterment of your health and lifestyle. You don’t have to adopt a new exercise program. You don’t have to change your diet. You don’t need to schedule in more time for sleep and play. All you have to do is choose to take off the shoes. Just make a choice and listen to what your feet tell you to do (good advice from Ken Bob Saxton). It’s the right choice, the best choice, and the choice that if chosen, will result in fulfilling your deepest desires (ok, maybe not, but going barefoot is awesome). It’s really that simple.
So why do some people choose to make the hard, right choice instead of the easy, wrong one? And more importantly, why do some people choose not to better their lifestyle when they know the best thing to do and they’re fully capable of doing it?
I’ll leave this one as an open mic, because I want to know what YOU think…
Also, please share any relevant barefoot experiences that you think would benefit the community.
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