Posts Tagged ‘barefoot’
I’m probably the least qualified person to ask about going barefoot (at least completely barefooted) in the winter, as I am not very accomplished at this as I see other barefooters are. However, with my somewhat limited experience, and for what I understand from other more accomplished winter bare and “snowfooters”, I have come to understand that successful barefooting in winter really boils down to a few key aspects:
- Personal and natural ability to withstand (and enjoy) lower temperatures
Let’s face it, some of us like winter more than others and some of us feel the cold more drastically than others. Therefore some people will be naturally more accomplished at barefooting in the winter. We can’t forget the “enjoyment” part: While some of us might actually wait and hope for a cold snap or a snow fall to go out and experience it “first-foot”, others might not want anything to do with that.
As they say, practice makes perfect! The more we go out and push our limits, the more accomplished we can become at staying barefoot through the winter.
This has to do mostly with geographical and weather conditions, as well as our physical environment. We have to take into account that winter conditions vary from place to place. Here in Toronto, for instance, we tend to have much less snow that other areas in Canada but we have a fair amount of dampness. Another aspect that makes winter barefooting challenging in cities like Toronto or Ottawa is the amount of salt and other chemicals used on the roads and sidewalks to help keeping the ice and snow at bay – I find these much more irritating than the actual cold temperatures or the snow.
» A Guest Contribution by fellow Barefooter Christopher Younkin from The Being Barefoot Podcast.
I read a disturbingly bigoted letter to the editor of the Loyala University (New Orleans) campus newspaper, The Maroon. The letter, written by “mass communication senior,” John Bickle, this past April, responds to an article about barefooters on campus. The article itself is fairly lame and doesn’t represent the reality of barefooting at all. Still, the response by Bickle displays such ignorance and bigotry that, as tolerant and relaxed as I try to be, I was upset by it.
Dr. Steve Gangemi is a holistic physician, specializing in chiropractic and functional neurology. A 16-time Iron Man participant, and a barefooting advocate, he is actually known for wearing only socks or going completely barefoot at his clinic.
The Sock Doc engaged with me in a great and informative conversation about his medical practice and his knowledge on the benefits of a barefoot lifestyle.
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I had the great pleasure to meet barefooter and podcaster Christopher Younkin on Skype last Friday. We chatted for about 1 and a half hour comparing notes about our barefoot lifestyle choices. I must say, it’s been one of the most fun interview experiences I’ve had in recent time. I’m very happy and honoured to be part of Chris’ project at this, very early stage – my interview is part of his second podcast.
Please check the interview at: The Being Barefoot Podcast Internet Archive Page
Dale Blacker is a Registered Massage Therapist from Toronto, Canada who enjoys the benefits from walking and spending a good amount of time in bare feet – even at work for most part!
Dale and I became friends after he started a barefooting “experiment” some three years ago by trying barefooting in the streets of Toronto.
In this unedited conversation, Dale shares with us some of his motivations, experiences and discoveries around his decision to minimize the use of traditional footwear from his lifestyle.
Get to know Dale a bit better via his own blog: “Life, Massage and Everything…“
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