In my 7/12/13 blog I highlighted the health benefits of going barefoot, but I skipped an important barrier. Many of us do not have the time or the environment that lends itself to walking barefoot. Let me use myself as an example. When I was convinced of the health benefit of increased contact with the earth, I made a concerted effort to try to be barefoot each day for 30 minutes. My attempt at going barefoot proved to be disastrous. Can you guess what I tried to do?
When I would get home from work I would grab a lounge chair from the backyard, which was mostly concrete, I would carry the lounge chair to the front yard, sit down, take off my shoes and socks, roll up my pants until right below the knees, and then sit down, planting my feet firmly into the grass for 30 minutes. The problem? Our next-door neighbor was trying to sell his house. Every time I sat outside, looking like some deranged mannequin with work clothes and bare feet, a real estate agent would drive by with a car packed with parents […]