Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Fox Walk

Now this is just fascinating, one of those things that once you come across it, makes a hell of a lot of sense.

“Our walk is devastating, not natural. Little babies have shoes like cement boots. Our feet are ruined from the first step we take in shoes.” Walking barefoot, most of us naturally adopt a very different step: the knees are bent, rather than locked; the outside ball of the foot touches the ground to test it first, before applying any weight; then, if it’s safe, we roll the rest of the ball in and flatten the heel; only then does the weight come down. This is what Tom Brown and his students called “fox walking.”


The author makes pretty big claims for the benefits of walking barefoot: increased health and wellness, thanks both to a more natural posture and a synaesthetic connection to the natural world.

I think I'll try this....

But not at work.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yo Keitou, just so you know, in Australia walking barefoot is socially acceptable just about everywhere - shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores et. al. It's not just a beach thing...

Ketousama said...

Just like Aussies. Their great-grand-pappies were half-wild convicts and they've been reverting ever since.

I jest, of course. That's awesome!

Walking barefoot in this country is decidedly more difficult....