Enjoying Your New Minimalist Running Shoes Tip #2 – Stretching

We've been talking about all the benefits that new runners have been experiencing with their new minimalist running shoes. First, we talked about how important it was as a new runner with minimalist running shoes that you take things slow at first. One of the fastest ways to end your exciting venture with these new minimalist running shoes is to overdo yourself at first and either burn out or end up injuring yourself along the way.  So it's important that you take things slow at first. Stretching is important with new minimalist running shoes The next tip that we'd like to share about your new minimalist running shoes is to make sure you stretch adequately before each run.  This might seem obvious, I know.  And it's something that you should really be doing before each and every run regardless of what kind of running shoes you are wearing.  But with minimalist running shoes it's critically important that you make [...]

How Your Posture Improves With Minimalist Running Shoes

You should know that like every other part of your body, your feet benefit from exercise.  Remember that many exercises rely on an elastic yet steady hold from your feet and legs. That’s the reason the sole designs of minimalist shoes can help you do different kinds of exercises and give you more comfort. Your feet can move surprisingly well and bend easily in minimalist shoes.  But did you know that if you use minimalist shoes that your posture will get better as well? We all know that any regular exercise will help you with your postures. A good posture will help you with many health problems in your life, especially with later in life diseases like osteoporosis.   When you wear supportive and comfortable shoes, it will help to reduce back and neck pain. One reason that people claim to have poor posture is that their back or neck hurt.  Also, minimalist shoes, with their low or zero drop heal, make sure that you [...]

Why Minimalist Shoes Are Not Just Another Fad

I overheard a couple days ago a shoe sales associate telling a customer that minimalist shoes, or toes shoes as he called them, were just a fashion fad. I really wanted to go over there and inform the misguided man that these shoes were not about fashion. But this is not the first time I have heard these accusations. Some people think that the shoes are just a fashion craze. While others believe, what I believe is actually more insidious, is that these shoes are a health fad. These people compare minimalist shoes to fad diets like Atkins that turn out to be bad for your health in the long run. But minimalist shoes, while some people may only be wearing them for fashion reasons, are really here to stay.  Discovering that traditional running shoes are hard on your feet is more like discovering that trans fats are bad for you. Making minimalist shoes is more kin to making antibiotics for viral infections. There was a problem [...]

4 Exercises Where Barefoot Shoes Come In Handy

When we hear the term barefoot or minimalist running shoes we automatically think of running, right? However, minimalist running shoes aren’t just for running. They can be used in almost any exercise where you will be using your feet. Just because you aren’t a runner doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from barefoot shoes. Check out these everyday exercises that can benefit from minimalist footwear. Mall Walking: When you visit the mall, I am sure that you have seen people walking around in a hurry with athletic shoes avoiding looking at all the goodies on display in the store windows. During winter moths this activity is especially popular and free. Actually any kind of walking, whether it be on the street, beach, or in a mall can benefit from the corrective action of minimalist footwear. Dancing: Dancing is one of the most fun forms of exercise on the market today. And with the advent of popular exercise dance classes like [...]

Consistency Is Key To Minimalist Running Success

As it is with many activities, sports, and other disciplines in life, if you want to get good at it you simply have to invest the time and commitment to achieve your goals. And as anyone who knows what I'm talking about would agree, this commitment is not something that's done in the short term - it's a long term commitment to achieving success. It's no different when it comes to minimalist running, and adapting your running style to your new pair of minimalist running shoes. The debate rages on about whether or not minimalist or barefoot running shoes are a good thing or bad. Yet, statistics continue to show that the minimalist running trend continues to grow. The reason? Simple. Because the people who prove that minimalist running shoes produce better results than traditional running shoes are making their points by being committed to their running schedule, and investing the time and energy into their workouts. If these [...]

The Reasons for Choosing a Minimalist Running Shoe

No doubt that body structure, efficiency and skills of a runner are the most important factors of running. But, beside the above stated issues there are some other factors that affect the form or pattern of running as well. The design of running shoes is a factor that can equally affect the speed and form of running. Passionate runners always looks for shoes that makes them feel comfortable, have good support, and doesn’t have any risk of having injury for running. Minimalist running shoes, in this sense, should be the number one choice for all runners. Minimalist running shoes provides runners with the ultimate barefoot feeling. The features of minimalist shoes fit the best with dedicated runners. A minimalist shoe is always much lighter in weight compared to other typical running shoes. Due to the lighter weight of the shoe, a runner feels more comfortable while running. There is enough space in the inner side of the shoes to [...]

The Style & Fashion of Minimalist Running Shoes

I've heard many people complain that they are turned off by the style of minimalist footwear. However, I really don't understand what they are talking about. Minimalist shoes offer a broad range of styles, just like traditional shoes. Previously, we already dismissed the myth that all minimalist shoes were toe shoes. So now, we're going to dispel the myth that minimalist running shoes are ugly. First thing to remember is that not all shoes were created for every person. Just because you don't like a particular style, doesn't mean someone else won't like it. With that in mind, many minimalist shoes are designed not only to be comfortable but also appealing. Now you can be adventurous, closer to nature, and stylish. These shoes have the look that literally shouts your love for adventure. The biggest plus of minimalist shoes? You can feel the comfort that these shoes offer and how at ease your foot is when you wear them. [...]

Considering Barefoot Running Shoes? Make The Transition Slow

Barefoot Running Shoes So are you part of the growing movement of runners that are considering switching to minimalist (or barefoot) running shoes?  If so, then you are definitely in good company because the trend is growing quickly across the United States.  The logic behind making the decision to switch to minimalist running shoes (or barefoot running shoes) is driven, by most anyway, by the hopes that wearing the thin running shoes will strengthen your feet, increase positive posture while running, all while combining to turn you into a stronger, faster runner.  And by most research up to this point, all points to these claims being true. However, when someone is considering making the switch to minimalist running shoes from the traditionally thick soled running shoes that we all know, you need to keep a few things in mind.  First and foremost, you want to ensure that you don't injure yourself while making the switch to minimalist running shoes. [...]

Minimalist Running Shoes – The New Trend In Barefoot Running

The New Trend in Running Shoes Minimalist running shoes are the new catching trend among avid runners. These specialty shoes help reduce the risk of chronic injuries secondary to the repetitive motion from running in the traditionally thick padded shoes that most of us are used to. The "minimalist running shoe" trend is growing so much that marathon runners are now embracing these barefoot running shoes to decrease the unnecessary stress upon the heals and balls of their feet from prolonged running. Why Make The Switch? There are multiple reasons for switching to minimalist running shoes. For example, these shoes create a more efficient stride that in effect improves a runner's speed, running form, and helps to reduce overall injuries. Wearing these barefoot shoes can help strengthen the muscles of your feet, your ankles, and legs to help support your body when you run. The collective strengthening of these muscles encourages more balance and untapped strength. Also, the efficiency [...]

Minimalist Running Revolution Is Showing Up In Atlanta

Whatever the cause may be, there is certainly no denying the fact that across the great city of Atlanta, minimalist runners - and pure form barefoot runners - are showing up more and more often in everything from 5K's to marathons. Atlanta's 11Alive Julie Wolfe caught up with a runner in Atlanta who is adopting the new minimalist running lifestyle.  Woody Dover, who was getting ready for his running in downtown Decatur when Wolfe finally caught up with him, says that "I'm sure I get some crazy looks, but I really don't pay attention", referencing the fact that he's running barefoot this particular morning. Perhaps as a result of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, the book that takes you deep into a Mexican tribe made up of ultra marathoner's who run with none, or minimal, shoes on their feet, or perhaps by a small group of runners who [...]

Minimalist Running Shoes Will Actually Help Strengthen Your Feet

This whole minimalist running movement doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.  As more and more people are inquiring about the benefits to barefoot running, and people are buying up minimalist running shoes, this is causing researchers to start taking a deeper look into the world of barefoot running.  Or as it's sometimes referred to, minimalist running. Paul Gough, from The Northern Echo has made his conclusion, as many before him are making, that barefoot (or minimalist) running does indeed have its benefits.  The main benefits that you'll gain from barefoot running appear to be endless, according to Gough - less pressure on the knees, learn to run properly and efficiently, improve your balance and even save money on replacing shoes every six months to name but a few. Think of it like this.  If you walked around all the time with a knee brace on your leg, when you removed that brace your knee would be very [...]

Barefoot Running Business Is Booming

When it comes to the barefoot running business, according to Colin McKean, the manager of Run Away shoes in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, business is booming.  That's right folks, and you thought barefoot running was just a fad! But let's define, quickly, what we are referring to when we say barefoot running.  We are not actually talking about someone stripping their feet completely of socks and shoes.  Oh no, that we be too pre-historic of us.  What's meant by the barefoot running business is the type of shoe that runners are purchasing.  Barefoot running shoes, that McKean sees flying off his shelves are those that are super thin, super light, and designed to allow the runner to, as the supporters of minimalist running would put it, strengthen their feet by running closer to barefoot. Even though some shoe store owners like McKean are seeing 20 or more customers a week coming in to purchase barefoot running shoes, not everyone in the foot [...]

Making The Switch To Barefoot Running Shoes

Thinking about making a switch to barefoot running shoes?  If so, make sure you consider these tips as you make the change! The barefoot running movement is become more popular now than ever.  Many runners worldwide who've been introduced to the benefits of barefoot running, have been educating themselves, experiment with the new style of running, and making the move.  But if you've recently been introduced to barefoot running and are considering making the switch - or just try out the new style - there are some things you'll want to consider before diving right. #1:  Barefoot Running Shoes First and foremost, a lot of the people who are making the switch from traditional running shoes to the barefoot running movement are doing so without going 100% barefoot.  There are a few who actually make the switch to a 100% barefoot style of running - meaning absolutely no shoe whatsoever.  But a large portion of the barefoot running movement [...]

The Secret To Stronger Feet Revealed! Expert Audio Interview (Listen Here)

Listen Here >> Stronger Feet / Barefoot Running Shoes And the barefoot movement rolls on... in fact the barefoot movement is picking up so much speed that Dr's. are now starting to conduct in-depth research to better understand the pros and cons of barefoot walking and running.  But even though the barefoot movement is picking up steam worldwide, there's a large segment of this movement that's interested in barefoot running shoes, or minimalist running shoes - those who want to the full barefoot experience without... well... being 100% barefoot. But are there really benefits to barefoot running shoes? For those of you who are just getting started in the barefoot movement, especially barefoot running, then the best advice for you is to take it slow at first.  Barefoot, or minimalist running, is something that must be gradually adopted - especially if you are overweight or otherwise not used to exercising.  But for those who are out there running, walking, [...]

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