How modern life is changing our feet

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  1. Sly

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    Changing World, Changing Bodies, How modern life is changing our feet

    For nearly two million years we evolved in close sync with our environment but 250 years ago the industrial revolution happened and changed everything. The innovation and technology it brought had many benefits but there was a physical cost as progress also designed out movement from our lives. From spending hours on our feet outdoors, our jobs have moved indoors and largely involve sitting down for most of the day in offices, factories or driver cabs. It has resulted in feet that are getting flatter, backs that are weaker and eyes that cannot see very much without help. Dr Vybarr Cregan-Reid hears from evolutionary biologists, academics, anatomists and public health professionals in Singapore, Kenya, Australia, the UK and the United States; about the impact of modern life on our physical self and what we can do to return our bodies to the state that nature intended. The good news is there is no need to spend hours on treadmills or pumping iron, in fact we would injure ourselves a lot less if we were a bit more cautious when exercising. Our bodies are marvellously adaptable and reintroducing small movements into our daily lives in most cases will do the trick!
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  2. bare_ftazn

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    Nov 30, 2014
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    Barefoot runners strengthen both their overall bodies and their feet!
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  3. Barefoot TJ

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    As broken down as I am, I decided to get some fresh air and yard work done today.
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  4. Neil_D

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    Great podcast. I've moved onto the second on in the series. Its good to hear that Irene Davis is still gathering information on running form and barefoot life.
    I am really aware of how much time I spend sitting these days, mainly because I spend 2.5 hours each day traveling to and from work. I really do hate it. Each time I think about changing jobs to find something closer something happens to derail my idea, the latest of course being the Covid-19 pandemic and the impending recession.

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  5. BareFootBC

    BareFootBC Barefooters
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    Sorry folks, didn’t mean to shout but this is so true. The simple act of barefooting has had a remarkable change on my life- it’s helped to overcome a badly twisted ankle, a knee that was prone to ache, made for more efficient running, led me to training with more natural movement (calisthenics), gives a sense of child-like freedom, has brought me to a place of deeper connection and awareness of the environment around me. The “small movements” lead to big change if allowed to flourish...
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