Any runner knows that if you’re putting in heavy mileage each week, you’re bound to have a few aches and pains. With the idea of running barefoot becoming increasingly popular, unshod runners are claiming their bodies are plagued with less injuries (and not to mention, super sexy calves). Author, athlete, and coach, Michael Sandler, gives five tips for becoming and staying injury free.
1. Barefoot Training
According to Sandler, when able to reconnect with the ground we’re running on, our bodies work more efficiently. “In sneakers, there’s 3 times the impact upon hitting the ground, but when barefoot, there’s no impact,” Sandler says. The arch in our feet and our toes act as a human spring without shoes and absorbs the impact more efficiently, causing less injury to feet, tendons, knees, and muscles.