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Bad Idea?? Running on a Treadmill without Shoes?


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My parents own a treadmill and walk or run on it barefoot.  My gut feeling is that they are risking injury from being unstable or not having sufficient support for their feet.

Am I worrying about nothing or is this a bad idea?

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I would imagine you're right, shoes are important. Plus, you could make your feet all raw and black. Had to learn that the hard way. ...A couple times.

Actually, it's a GREAT idea. You do NOT need supportive shoes. They weaken your feet.

Here is some evidence.

Im sorry but that is absolute rubbish, of course you need shoes you wouldnt run on the road without shoes, a treadmill is no different. Without shoes your risking ankle, knee and foot problems- i dont care what the "evidence" says

Original Post by onthedecrease:

Im sorry but that is absolute rubbish, of course you need shoes you wouldnt run on the road without shoes

 Kenyan marathon runners would disagree

Original Post by onthedecrease:

Im sorry but that is absolute rubbish, of course you need shoes you wouldnt run on the road without shoes, a treadmill is no different. Without shoes your risking ankle, knee and foot problems- i dont care what the "evidence" says

Show me evidence you need shoes, then. Wait... there isn't any.

It's the shoes that cause problems my friend. Do some research before making a claim you can't back up.

Umm, shoes are to protect your feet from debris.  Such as glass, nails, and stuff you might find outside.  I guess some people wear them for fashion and to keep your feet clean. 

But I agree with the others that you do not need shoes if you are going to be running/walking somewhere where there is no likelihood of injury. 

I'm not sure if the treadmill is a good place.  I've tried walking on mine barefoot and the treads make my feet hurt and my arches get sore.  I think if I did it more often it *might* get better.  But they don't hurt when I walk around barefoot normally, so I'm not sure why they hurt when I go barefoot on the treadmill. 

But that's just me rambling...  I think people wold be better off to strengthen their feet by running barefoot if there is no risk of stepping on something harmful. 

FYI, if you step on a bee while walking barefoot, it'll get pissed of and sting you.

You go all cave girl on us!  Love it!!

Original Post by floggingsully:

FYI, if you step on a bee while walking barefoot, it'll get pissed of and sting you.

Not if you're moving fast enough.

He stung me before I had a chance to get my foot off of him.

Original Post by floggingsully:

He stung me before I had a chance to get my foot off of him.

I guess you're too slow.  Probably all those muscles.

Yeah, sully - quit lifting so that you can outrun a bee! Wink

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Yeah, sully - quit lifting so that you can outrun a bee! Wink

Careful amethystgirl, you're probably too bulky to run away too.

I wear shoes outside because the pavement's too hot in summer.  That's not a problem on a treadmill.

I try to avoid treadmills like the plague, but people I know that use them barefoot say the belt can get hot from friction. So they were socks.

And about stepping on debris. Just don't. Once you grow accustom to barefoot running, your feet get tougher and you will be naturally lighter on your feet. I guarantee you hurt your hands more than your feet from being barefoot.

Original Post by bmx419:

I try to avoid treadmills like the plague, but people I know that use them barefoot say the belt can get hot from friction. So they were socks.

And about stepping on debris. Just don't. Once you grow accustom to barefoot running, your feet get tougher and you will be naturally lighter on your feet. I guarantee you hurt your hands more than your feet from being barefoot.

I tried it once and it felt awful.  Maybe I'll try my warmups barefoot and work up to it.  What do you recommend bmx?

Original Post by rosieblue:

Original Post by bmx419:

I try to avoid treadmills like the plague, but people I know that use them barefoot say the belt can get hot from friction. So they were socks.

And about stepping on debris. Just don't. Once you grow accustom to barefoot running, your feet get tougher and you will be naturally lighter on your feet. I guarantee you hurt your hands more than your feet from being barefoot.

I tried it once and it felt awful.  Maybe I'll try my warmups barefoot and work up to it.  What do you recommend bmx?

Felt awful as in pain from running? Or the belt got hot? Form is very important for barefoot running. Land under your center of gravity, midfoot touching first followed by the rest of the forefoot and then your heel just kissing the ground. Then don't push off, but lift your foot up to create as little friction as possible(or else blisters). And repeat. Some info and a good forum.

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