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Barefoot Running Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Barefoot Running.

The Pros and Cons of Barefoot Running

Although barefoot running has been practiced in some parts of the world for hundreds of years, the concept has only recently gained popularity as an alternative to traditional running shoes in the Western world.  The book "Born to Run,"...  Read more

Find the Perfect Workout Shoe for You

Your feet work hard every day, carrying you through your daily tasks while you walk, stand, carry, lift, climb, clean, work, and exercise. If you neglect your feet—especially during a workout—then your feet with have to deal with swelling...  Read more

An Exerciser's Guide to Skin Care

There’s no disputing the fact that exercise is good for the human body. So it stands to reason that exercise would also benefit the body's largest organ: its skin. But does working up a sweat actually do anything good for your skin—or...  Read more

Sporty Dogs: The Best Breeds for Active People

If you're an active and outdoorsy person who likes running, hiking or boating, it's nice to have some company who shares your passion. When your friends and loved ones aren't available, there's a dog for that.     Before...  Read more

Success Story VIDEO: Running Down 120 Pounds

In the homemade video, a regular guy named Ben shares his struggle with increasing weight, depression, and a moment of clarity: deciding to change his life. I don't want to say too much more about it here. Just go ahead and watch it. If you...  Read more

I achieved a fitness goal: I have run over 200 mi
Updated 11/23/2015 12:42:11 PM

I achieved a fitness goal: I have run over 200 miles this calendar year! I'm a happy Newbie Runner...  Read more

29yo had quit smoking & was comfortably running 5k
Updated 11/22/2015 9:02:42 PM

29yo had quit smoking & was comfortably running 5km distances last summer... I have relapsed but want to be there again before the big 30 in March & to loose 35pounds. Tracking food is so revealing! Would love some buddies to share the journey with.....  Read more

I am SO tiered and run down, its only 4:33 and if
Updated 11/21/2015 7:52:40 PM

I am SO tiered and run down, its only 4:33 and if I could I'd be in the bed for the night! Wish I knew why: (...  Read more

5k that was 3.3. Family ran it, My husband finished at 25:23, 8y/o's 1st race so proud 32:52, my 11y
Updated 11/21/2015 5:23:20 PM

5k that was 3.3. Family ran it, My husband finished at 25:23, 8y/o's 1st race so proud 32:52, my 11y/o 2nd race 36:32, and my 2nd race best time yet 38:02!! Extremely windy and it went further than the normal 3.1 5k. Soooo Proud of us!...  Read more

I just ran 3 miles,I feel great
Updated 11/21/2015 2:35:05 PM

I just ran 3 miles,I feel great...  Read more

If not by land then by water!

I really hate to exercise, it would cause so much pain. I needed to build up the muscles! So I started water jogging. Same benefits, much more fun, and no pain. You'll feel like noodle when you get out of the water though ;)...  Read more

Wii fit!

Put ankle weights and arm weights before playing wii fit, not only do you get the benefit of being active on something really fun -- but the added resistance from the ankle weights and arm weights burns more calories!...  Read more

TriSport:Triathletes, Swimmers, Cyclists & Runners

Anything triathlon! Everything Swimming, Biking, Running and Cross-training. Members from beginners to Iron Man competitors are welcome....  Read more

Poll: 5 Footwear Trends for 2011, Which One(s) Have You Tried?

Having been a member of the running community for over five years now, I have seen a number of new footwear trends picking up speed. Last month the American College of Sports Medicine released its top five footwear trends for 2011. Everything from b...  Read more

We Tried It: Vibram Barefoot Running Shoes

The Internet--including the SparkPeople Message Boards--have been abuzz for the recently with talk of barefoot running. Member CAMPB528 wrote me, asking to review her beloved Vibram Five Fingers barefoot running shoes. A few weeks later, she tracked...  Read more

Barefoot Running Shoes

Once upon a time, I thought about running. I was intimidated by the fact that I would need to buy expensive shoes just to try it. Then I bumped into a SP article on barefoot running. Shortly thereafter, it occurred to me, "I have a beach!" I can...  Read more

Barefoot Running - Dangerous or Superior?

I don't often link to Mark Sisson's blog, just because I don't always have time to read it. But with this post I could not resist because he addressed a topic that is commonly misunderstood, in particular by competitive runners and I think he include...  Read more