Especially because of the pandemic, increasingly more people have begun to exercise at home. This has lead many to ask themselves whether training at home requires shoes or not. Here are some recommendations for your at-home workout sessions and which the safest way to do them is!
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many activities that were once done outdoors were brought home, including work, school, and exercise. It’s logical that these new ways to approach them carry different requirements, but it’s sometimes unclear which the best choices are. Here’s whether you should wear shoes for your at-home workout sessions!
In this case, the question asked by many doesn’t have a universal response. With respect to the use or not of shoes for training at home, the best recommendation will depend directly on the type of physical activity you’re going to do. Some types of exercise require the use of proper workout shoes, while others are safe to do barefoot.
For example, if your workout is yoga or Pilates, it’s advisable to train without shoes or socks, to be more comfortable and be able to relax more easily. In these cases, you’ll usually exercise on a mat, so being barefoot will help you improve your grip and protect your knees, elbows, and joints.
However, there are some precautions to take nevertheless. If you’re new to training without shoes, start slowly. It’s recommended to do only a small part of each workout session barefoot or wearing socks, which will allow your feet and body to get used to it.
You’ll most likely feel uncomfortable at first because your feet muscles have probably been weakened by wearing shoes all day. In today's world, shoes are necessary for protection and comfort when moving, but they also do much of the stabilizing work that the feet muscles would otherwise do.
The stronger your feet are, the more they’ll be able to help reduce the risk of foot and ankle injuries. Healthy feet muscles are especially useful when improving lifting performance, as they can provide a very stable foundation. For most people, shoes are the only elements stopping them from bad foot mechanics, as they’re prone to applying extra weight on the outside or inside of their feet when walking.
Good exercise shoes are also good at absorbing the impact when you jump or run. This can be done by the bones and muscles in your feet as well, but be aware that these won’t work as well on hard surfaces. In other words, working out on concrete or wood requires appropriate cushioning to your feet soles, something that only sports shoes can provide.
If you’re interested in getting rid of your shoes while you’re lifting weights at home, be sure to incorporate this change into your routine very slowly. Again, it’s recommended that you stop wearing shoes during just one or two exercises per workout at first. In this case, shoes are also a protecting element on your feet, so be extra careful when lifting weights!
To conclude, if you decide to stop wearing shoes to train at home it can be very beneficial to strengthen your feet. You can achieve better support and strength, but only as long as the process of starting to exercise barefoot is approached gradually.