I had another epic barefoot running/stretching workout in the sunshine at Bryan Park this afternoon!
Barefoot training on soft grass is an excellent complement to any exercise program as there are numerous physiological and muscular benefits from taking your flawlessly designed foot (more than 26 bones, 33 joints, and over a hundred tendons, ligaments, and muscles) out of the modern shoe’s rubber cast and returning it to the earth with full articulation and movement. You can really strengthen your frame by toning up these little muscles that would otherwise be stuck in the shoe not being able to articulate fully.
When you run barefoot your gait naturally shortens and you land on the balls of your feet first (going toe to heel), rather than having your entire weight slam down on your heels (heel to toe). Now am I recommending you go out sprinting barefoot on the street cutting your foot on glass and stepping in dog shit? No. Be sensible.
Find a park or your backyard with soft grass and move around a bit! Try it. You might really like it!