I have written about this before and feel that it is time to write about it again. If you want to make the most of your workout and your feet are screaming at you, perhaps its time to remove your shoes. After all, we were not born with shoes on our feet. In order to strengthen your body completely, you should start thinking from the ground floor up! And by the ground floor, I mean your feet. I am not saying that you should go out and begin ‘barefoot’ running or walking, I am saying that its high time to think of strengthening those two body parts that you rely on to move you around this world.

Martin Rooney makes these recommendations regarding strengthening your feet:

  • Time should be spent out of shoes each day working on either strength or mobility.
  • Shoes should be selected for feel and comfort, not look.
  • Lower body lifting sessions should be performed barefoot as much as possible.
  • Warm-ups should be performed barefooted as long as the surface allows.
  • Barefoot training should progress slowly and gradually as like any other form.

Keep in mind that this is a gradual process and when you start strengthening your feet you should do so slowly and deliberately. Do not go out and buy a pair of Vibram Five Fingers and do a 5K run. Follow the steps above and if you need some assistance don’t hesitate to contact me.

I have been taking a fun and challenging ‘bare foot’ exercise class here in Denver called Will Power and Grace, the brain child of Stacey Lei Krauss  – we are lucky enough to have the very first Will Power Fit Studio in the U.S. right here on Market Street. This workout is smart, effective and really gets you in touch with the foundation of your entire body – your feet. So guys no matter what you do start at the bottom and work your way up, a strong articulate foot creates a healthy body.