This article refers to squatting as in weightlifting, leg day squats, not settling on some land and raising a few sheep, although there was no doubt a number of barefoot squatters back in the day. Now, if you have an interest in weightlifting, then no doubt you have seen photographs of Arnold Schwarzenegger training barefoot. There is more and more research being done looking into the benefits of barefoot walking and minimal shoes. Arnold seemed way ahead of the curve here, as with most things he ended up excelling at, and saw great benefit in squatting without shoes.
Most people in western society spend their lifetime wearing shoes. Over the years, our feet gradually lose their tactile capacity and fail to develop to their proper size, width and shape, due to narrow, restricting shoes. The tendons and ligaments in our feet shorten and the muscles weaken, and so the risk of foot or ankle injuries increase – especially for those people who are heavily active with a lot of sporting commitments.
Squatting In Runners
If you’re used to squatting in running shoes or cross trainers, you will notice quite a difference. Running shoes have substantial wedges at the heel of the shoe, angling your feet slightly. But even the smallest angles and imbalances can have significant effects on our bodies. Just try keeping your wallet in your back pocket for a long drive.
That thin wallet will end up playing havoc on your back alignment and you could even end up with a strain.…