Jumping rope barefoot may seem like a good recipe for getting your toes whipped. But for many avid jumpers (myself included), the benefits of barefoot jumping far outweigh the occasional stung foot.
You have over 100 different muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet. That's a lot of amount of muscle fiber in and around your foot. When you wear shoes, all this muscle fiber around your arches and foot structure is bound and rearranged according to the fit of the shoe. This "binding" is exacerbated when you exercise, which leads to numerous health related injuries and ailments.
A majority of the following information is research I’ve conducted myself, along with some enlightening information I’ve learned along the way.
My meditation teacher (an intelligent, beautiful woman) was hosting a workshop on foot health and introduced me to self-reflexology foot wakers (and yes they wake your feet up). Reflexology, used as an alternative medicine thousands of years ago in the Eastern part of the world (China and Egypt), is still alive today and very prevalent here in the Western part of the world as well.
It’s an interesting phenomenon despite however you feel about it. But, I must say, get a foot rub and then come talk to me.
Another benefit to being barefoot is the reaction and inflammation reducing properties that our fine earth gives off when we stride along its surface with no shoes and socks. I won’t bore you with the scientific research that helped bring forth this information, but I’ll provide a simple example for the even the simplest of minds: walk barefoot on the beach.
How do you feel? Exactly.
And just for kicks-and-giggles, let me give you one more: (ground) lightening happens when a negatively charged particle(s) meets a positively charged particle(s). The ground is a positive, inflammation reducing, natural remedy and it’s literally right beneath our feet and only a rubber-soled shoe away.
I can type pages upon pages about barefoot-ism (yep, I said it), but the choice is yours. Experiment, jump rope for a week barefoot, or even just a day. Do sprints in the sand, or on a grass field; do calf-raises, feel your toes curl and press into the ground, working muscles you never even knew you had. Take care of your feet, stretch them, massage them, work them and help them help you.
Think about how big you are and how small they are, and they hold us up all day, every day.
Jumping rope and training barefoot will only improve your overall performance in any and all aspects of life, it’s something I strongly believe.
If you’re afraid to get whacked in your feet wear thick socks. Either way it’s a wake-up call to lift those tired, lactic-acid filled legs, push through to the very end, train and jump your heart out.
Guest Post by Michael Loayza