Many people enjoy the freedom of exercising without any foot protection, particularly indoors during keep fit classes. Some famous runners, such as Bruce Tulloh and Zola Pieterse (née Budd), ran barefooted outdoors. However, bare foot exercise can considerably increase the risk of injury to those who are not used to it. The majority of exercisers spend most of their waking hours wearing some kind of supportive footwear. Subjecting feet to occasional bursts of activity without any protection can stress them beyond their tolerance limits. It has been estimated that each foot hits the ground more than 1000 times in a 10 minute intensive aerobics workout.
Although some floors are sprung and wooden, many do not offer sufficient cushioning for bare foot exercise. It is important to choose the right footwear; dance and aerobic fitness shoes are specially designed to cushion the foot after vertical jumps while running shoes are designed for shock absorption and motion control as the foot strikes and rolls off the ground. See also training shoes.
Subjects: Medicine and Health.