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Barefoot Hiking Tips

Updated on March 21, 2018
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Kenna loves to travel and share cool places to visit so others can have a wonderful, if not better, time than she did.

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Walk El Camino de Santiago, at least once in your life. It's big effort for the body, and a great challenge for the mind, but it's fantastic pleasure and luxury for the spirit.
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Barefoot Hiking Tips

Barefoot hiking is a unique therapeutic process that stimulates the entire human organism. Hikers take the process slowly as they walk across lush meadows and deep green forests. Some find walking in the dust, on stone or in streams a truly electrifying experience for the body and the spirit.

Have you ever had a foot massage? Then, you understand the benefits of having areas of your feet massaged. The process improves your body's circulation and completely relaxes you.

Barefoot hiking is similar. You are out in the vast outdoors with fresh air and vibrant life. The feet are exposed to the natural habitat with all the body's nerve endings reaching out through the feet and out towards nature, literally breathing.

In all, here are some barefoot hiking tips:

  • It is healthy for your feet to go barefoot.
  • It is not against the law to go barefoot into any kind of establishment including restaurants.
  • It is also not against any health department regulation.
  • It is not against the law to drive barefoot.
  • Since the weather and other circumstances can cause a cancellation, it is necessary for each participant to notify the Coordinator that you plan to attend at least one day in advance
  • There are walks and hikes in the following 10 counties – Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, and Wyandotte in KS AND Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte in MO
  • If you want to go on a hike or walk, read The Safety Guidelines for Barefoot Grass Walking
  • On any walk or hike, while everyone looks out for each other, your health and safety is YOUR responsibility
  • Practice walking barefoot outdoors before your first walk
  • It is OK to bring flip flops but you must start out barefoot.

Hiking Barefoot

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Barefoot Hiking Benefits

Barefoot hiking means hiking in your bare feet on a trail. You are walking as your bare feet step on grass, mud, leaves, twigs, rocks, sticks, dust, gravel, pine cones and dust. People who barefoot hike report that they have opened up a new sense of touch with their feet and are rejuvenated.

Barefoot walking stimulates the entire human organism because the foot has twenty-plus glands that become electrified by the experience. Beginning barefoot hikers take the process slowly as they walk across lush meadows and deep green forests. Once the calluses form on the feet, it doesn’t take long. The hikers relax and enjoy the scenery.

Barefoot Hiking Comfort

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First Time Bring Flip-Flops

You need to wear light comfortable clothes. On your first barefoot hike, you bring along a pair of sturdy flip-flops. Your feet will be tender, and they will get sore after a few miles. The flip-flops help make the hike more enjoyable toward the end.

Barefoot Hiking in Autumn

Hiking in Your Bare Feet

We all know the benefits of hiking. Taking you hiking further by leaving your hiking boots at home is an adventure you will not forget. Most likely, you will leave those pair boots home forevermore.

Barefoot hiking means hiking in your bare feet on a trail as you journey through grass, mud, leaves, twigs, rocks, sticks, dust, gravel, pine cones and spirit of the season. People who barefoot hike report that they have opened up a new sense of touch with their feet and are rejuvenated. Just like barefoot hiking for the first time -- the feet wake up -- come alive.

Barefoot walking stimulates the entire human organism because the foot becomes electrified by the experience. It's like suddenly hearing when before they couldn't, all the sounds are loud and vibrant.

Beginning barefoot hikers take the process slowly as they walk across lush meadows and deep green forests. Once the calluses form on the feet, it doesn't take too long, the hikers relax. They enjoy the scenery and the feeling of being barefoot in the wilderness.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh

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