On today’s show Dr Fitness and the Fat Guy had on Christopher McDougall, former war correspondent and now contributing editor for Men’s Health and author of the NY Times Bestseller Born to Run. A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, And the Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen. Christopher shared his thoughts on the benefits of running barefoot. After suffering from several running related injuries Christopher began researching why an Indian tribespeople in Mexico can run for miles barefoot or in thin soled sandals and they weren’t suffering from the injuries that people in the US suffer from. Just as running was a way of life for these people, Chris found that being sedentary is a way of life for most Americans these days. Christopher determined that running shoes were the problem and he began running barefoot. He found no evidence that running shoes actually prevent injuries. A short time later his injuries went away and he began enjoying long runs again. He has found running barefoot helps him concentrate more on each step and that may help prevent injuries and help him run faster. He recommended the website www.runningbarefoot.org for more information about barefoot running. His book is more about this Indian tribe and his adventures with them. This is where he learned barefoot running and actually saw and took part in an amazing 50+ mile race amongst the tribes. It is Dr Fitness approved you should definitely check it out. It gives runners and aspiring runners something to think about. You can find this awesome book at Amazon and in bookstores everywhere.
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