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Alternative Running Shoes Help Get You Back in Shape…

Image courtesy of birthdayshoes.com

Image courtesy of birthdayshoes.com

Thanksgiving weekend is one of the few three day weekends every year where calories simply don’t exist.  There’s no such thing as gaining weight, so go for that extra piece of pie or that drumstick bigger than your forearm.  Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.  For the other 362 days in the year, we must resort back to working out and snacking on celery.  Like most people, I’ll do what it takes to keep the weight off, but that’s about it.

About a year ago, I saw someone wearing a pair of Vibram FiveFingers, and I was instantly fascinated. Essentially, they simulate running barefoot -something humans have done for thousands of years.  I rushed to my local running store and tried on a pair.  Needless to say, I was instantly hooked.

In the past, I didn’t mind running, but after trying on the FiveFingers, I enjoyed running.  There is a learning curve when attempting to run barefoot, so I started with short runs, around a half mile.  Eventually, I ran faster and further, and ultimately ran the 10 miles Broad Street Run in my toe shoes.

People constantly ask me if I like my Vibrams, and I can’t recommend them enough.  After running barefoot for over a year, I can’t go back to regular running shoes because they feel completely unnatural.  With every step I take in my minimalist running shoes, I can feel every slight change on the ground underneath me.  Regular running shoes feel like a chunk of rubber stuck to my foot.

Vibram sells shoes for many sports in addition to running, and there are lines sized for men, women and children. Next time you ask Santa for a new pair of running shoes to beat your New Years resolution, try on a pair of alternative running shoes.  They may completely change your perspective on exercise.