The Barefoot Health Coach!

I have so much to blog about, but i’ll narrow it down to just ONE topic today.  Well, maybe 2.  But mostly just one.

First…..

I AM OFFICIALLY REGISTERED FOR THE HEALTH COACHING COURSE!

I’m so excited!  Classes start on the 29th and 6 weeks from then I’ll be a certified health coach with the Dr. Sears L.E.A.N program!  I can’t wait!  I already feel like i’m making a difference in some peoples lives and I really look forward to reaching more people.

Also…. I’ve gone barefoot!

Barefoot you say?  What in the world does that mean???

So, even though I don’t run much (at all), I somehow stumbled on barefoot running and minimalist shoes.  It’s NOT just for runners.  It’s for people who have foot pain.  It’s a way to heal your body naturally by strengthening your feet.

So, why barefoot?  Well, I’ve suffered over the past 3 years with terrible foot pains, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs… etc.  In a few weeks we will be in Disney and i’m already dreading the foot pain!

Walking barefoot stretches your feet in a natural way. It strengthens your muscles and heals your feet naturally. After just 2 days i’m already noticing a difference. I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever suffered from foot pain!  If you think about it, humans walked barefoot for hundreds of years.  Native Americans made soft moccasins for warmth, but the soles were made of leather.  You could still feel the earth under your feet.  Most modern day shoes disconnect us with the earth.

I’m all set for summer with my Xero Shoes, so now I’m starting to look ahead to winter and we haven’t even fully entered spring yet.  Regardless of what the calendar says… it’s NOT spring time yet!  I found these really cute leather boots, but they’re not waterproof.  I’m not sure how well they will work for a NY winter.  So i’m looking for something else with a true barefoot feel.  I’m open to any and all suggestions!  I also have a pair of Fila Skele-Toes that are OK, but i’m just not in love with them.  They start to bother my toes.

Have you gone barefoot yet?  One thing you really need to know before attempting it is that you pretty much have to re-learn how to walk and run.  With thick soled sneakers we tend to land on our heels first.  “heel, toe, heel, toe”.  You have to train yourself how to avoid heel strikes and land mid-foot.  I watch my daughter run around the house like a crazy baby and she does this naturally.  I am going to look for some minimalist shoes for her as well.  She’s still young enough to have strong, healthy feet for the rest of her life without having to deal with pain!  Her shoes are pretty soft, but still somewhat thick.  I’d get her some Xero Shoes too, but I don’t think she would like the strappy-ness of them.

Another site I found that looks pretty great is Soft Star Shoes.  They have some really cute kids styles too!

So think about it if you haven’t yet.  Give it a try!  The Xero Shoes are very affordable and super fun to work with!  I’ve had them for less than 24 hours and i’ve already tied them up at least 6 or 7 different ways.  My right and left feet have yet to match!

 

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