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Monday, June 7, 2010

At Jungle Miami we train barefoot. Why?


Two main reasons:

- Our human bodies are designed to walk, run and perform other activities barefoot.

- With the arrival of the modern shoe, our feet don't get any exercise. They have become the forgotten body part.

The human body works pretty much like a suspension bridge, every string playing a major role. If one string breaks, the bridge will start to warp to accommodate. The strings in our bodies are: bones , muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and fascia. If one doesn't function properly, the rest of the body will also warp to accommodate.

In modern life humans are required to wear shoes. In an effort to be more comfortable, the modern shoe restricts the movement of the foot. The foot is essentially put into a cast, and what happens when you put an arm or a leg into a cast? The muscles atrophy. So do the muscles in our feet, if we are always wearing shoes.

Weakening of the muscles in the feet causes weakening of the muscular chain up through the knees and the hips. In the effort to take over for the non-functioning feet, the knee as well as the hip start to do tasks they weren't designed for. This causes overuse injuries, such as tendonitis, impingements, sprains, tears and the list goes on.

At Jungle Miami, we treat the body as one piece and the feet are a very important part of it. Working out barefoot gives the feet the necessary exercise to strengthen the whole body from the ground up.

For more on the subject check out these articles on the human body.
Human skeleton
Muscular System

Muscular System
About Fascia
Running barefoot, Dicovery.com article

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