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Barefoot Running at its Best at Stowe Mountain Lodge

Stowe Mountain Lodge's resident fitness guru, Rebecca Rahilly is all about barefoot running!  And here's why:

Barefoot running? Really? Yes, really.

Why do we wear shoes? Simple, right? They provide protection from cold, prevent cuts and bruises and more. That's a good thing. They also provide support and cushioning when we exercise. That's actually not such a good thing. 

While I am not ready to give up my shoes entirley, there is something you should think about next time you go for a run. Try to run with more of a flat foot landing less on your heel.  “Collision” is the term used for when your heel strikes the ground while running and can lead to overuse injuries. 

Try running barefoot! You’ll notice much less “collision” happening.  Being barefoot allows for all the muscles and tendons of the foot, including the arch, to stay strong and not atrophy. Improperly fitted shoes can also lead to hammertoes and lack of circulation of course, but also numbness, and you know what can happen after that-ouch! You can purchase a minimalist shoe, which will protect your foot from cuts and bruises without adding support.   Yoga, Yogalates, Stowega, Barre/Pilates Fusion and Strengthen the Core, which are currently being offered at Stowe Mountain Lodge's fitness center, are all done barefoot, which promotes flexibility and mobility of the entire body including the feet. 

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