Dr. Rajani Patil

Should You Do Squats Barefoot?

March, 2019
The Master Responds

Squats are one of the most important compound full-body exercises that works on many muscles together and the best part is that they mimic a functional movement pattern. They improve muscle strength, mobility of joints and also strengthen tendons, joints and ligaments of the lower body. Since your feet form a base for a squat, it is important to understand whether there are certain benefits of doing squats barefoot instead of with shoes.

More and more people are becoming aware of barefoot training, even running. Barefoot training has now been in trend like the good old days where shoes weren't an option at all. Feet are traditionally meant to move and feel since we have so many sensory receptors hidden under the soles of our feet. Training barefoot can give you certain advantages that might be currently getting masked while training with shoes.

Our feet are truly amazing. They have small bones, muscles, ligaments and receptors that adapt to the ground and are the sole contact between the world and our brain. Since we have become so used to being in shoes most of the day, this adaptability has reduced over time. More and more research is pointing to the fact that gradually allowing your feet to do what they are meant to do allows for complete fitness that connects your brain to your muscles much better.

- KT

 
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