Which sports are practiced barefoot?
Good opportunities to be barefoot
In the house and garden
At home, walking barefoot is probably normal for most families - non-slip socks do it in winter. As far as the temperatures allow, the playground and garden should also be "barefoot terrain". A little lawn care is worthwhile, because a dense lawn does not get your feet dirty - and the clover should be kept low so that it does not attract bees.
Walking barefoot is fun and growing in popularity. Family outings in particular can be really exciting when young and old use this opportunity together. The stretches that are paved with quarry stone gravel are of course not attractive. But when the sensual pleasure of varied natural soil offers itself, the shoes should disappear in the backpack! Ideal conditions were created in the barefoot parks, which also offer varied adventure stations.
Many sports are generally performed barefoot, simply because the shoes are a hindrance or even dangerous. Examples are judo, karate, beach volleyball, various gymnastics and gymnastics disciplines.
If the surface is suitable, unshod athletics can also be considered. Time and again there are world-class runners who make it through barefoot - even Olympic gold in the marathon has already been awarded for this. Hardly anyone without shoes will take on extreme stresses on their feet, such as at a tennis tournament. Barefoot running and flexibility training is all the more useful as preparation for such high performance!
Barefoot sport has multiple uses: it awakens the joy of movement, strengthens the feet and enables teachers and trainers to recognize and correct errors in the sequence of movements. In view of the large number of children and adolescents whose motor skills are underdeveloped due to a lack of exercise and being overweight and therefore particularly at risk of injury, this is more important than ever!
With dance and socializing
The joy of dancing is in your feet - and it unfolds when you let it go. Many dance forms can be practiced barefoot! Unless an official occasion requires special forms, you want to be as relaxed as possible when socializing - why not barefoot, like a relaxed holidaymaker?
In everyday life
How much dirt you leave on your feet is a matter of attitude (it does not come through the callus and is washable). Accordingly, a more or less large part of everyday life can be done barefoot: errands, going to the playground, to the mailbox, to the ice cream parlor, to the beer garden, visiting friends. In Central Europe, bare feet are hardly ever objected to in public.
In many kindergartens, walking barefoot is encouraged at least in summer because of its proven benefit for children. If this is not the case, parents should call in to give their children the chance of healthy feet development! You should also give the suggestion to include regular foot exercises in the game program or even create a barefoot sensory path in the outdoor area with the help of an interested group of parents. And a barefoot path can be chosen as the destination for the next group excursion!
There are good reasons to allow and encourage barefoot walking in school. Not only teaching material, but also sensory perception, a sense of movement and health awareness must be conveyed. This includes educational work on the function and care of the feet as well as consistent foot health practice. Specifically, this means, among other things, that the students should take off their street shoes in class and, depending on the circumstances, wear non-slip socks or comfortable, air-permeable slippers or, if possible, be barefoot. You do not have to worry about hygiene, as walking barefoot makes your skin resistant to germs (see chapter on care).
As the picture example shows, going to school barefoot has a good tradition in South Africa (also in New Zealand and Australia), and it is often expressly allowed to wear bare feet with a school uniform. There is also a lot of open-mindedness in German-speaking countries when, for example, feeling paths are set up, foot health projects are carried out and suitable sports are practiced barefoot.
At work, there are often safety regulations that require the wearing of shoes, but in the office area, at the computer, in the break room or in the canteen, you can slip your shoes off. As a considerate contemporary, of course, you make sure that your feet still smell good!
Especially in horticulture and agriculture, at universities as well as in the artistic and curative education sector, "barefoot" can easily get a kick.
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