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Training Barefoot

I'm sure we've all heard about people who train barefoot. A lot of us have looked at them like they're crazy. Shoes give added support, cushioning, and protection to the foot, right?

Well, is it right? First lets look at some anecdotal evidence:

Shoes are a fairly recent invention, being only several thousands of years old. The Hominini tribe, the earliest ancestors of Homo-sapiens genus, divulged from their Pan genus brethren 6.3 million years ago. The human foot, and all the body's supporting mechanisms for the foot, evolved over millions of years to be fairly good at what it does. We could probably trace the evolution of the human foot even farther back, but lets go from there. Human feet were designed to be walked on. Shoes stop you from walking on them.

You are probably wearing shoes right now. Take them off, and put one on your desk. Look at it. Do you see how the toe is curved upward? This is done so it is even possible to walk in shoes.

When you walk barefoot, you strike with the middle of the heel, rolling forward onto the balls of the feet, and then there is a powerful push-off from the balls of the feet. When running, they were designed to strike in the midfoot, not the heel. Shoes alter your gait - when you walk in shoes, the back of your heel strikes first, and your foot rolls forward, and then you push off your toes which creates a rocking motion. When you run with shoes, it feels "natural" to run heel-to-toe, which causes a jarring shock to your ankles and knees. High heels exacerbate problems caused by an unnatural position of the foot. They cause different and unnatural stresses on the bones of the foot, the ankle, the knee, up to the pelvis and even through the shoulders. It raises the heel, which is the foot's natural supporter of weight, by an inch, two inches, sometimes even four or five inches! The entire weight of the body is transferred to the ball of the foot, while the pelvis and the shoulders tilt to compensate for the difference in weight distribution.

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I don't really like the way comments are on this site. You know what I mean? It is confusing to have comments with different hierarchical levels display at the same level visually. This happens when you scroll down so that a non- root-level comment will be dragged all the way to the left. In this way, a real root node, displayed further down the screen, will take up the same amount of horizontal space as this child node, and then all hell breaks loose. I can't tell what's the parent of what, and who replied where, and all the fuzziness happened.

---By the way, I don't really plan on having anyone read this, so if you are reading it, please know that I usually am more coherent than this. My brain is kind of fried fries.

On Reddit,  you can open and close layers of comments and their children. I find this very useful, because sometimes I want to disregard the shit out of shit.

I was thinking, maybe it would be good if you could click "Focus on this Comment" on a comment and then you'd be like 'Wow'. Because then it would move it over to the leftest point, and you'd only see its children. Then you could "Focus on this Comment" on one of its children. Then you could go back to the first one, by using the browser history. Then, you would be happiness.

Possibly also, there could be different colors for different levels of posts. That way, nobody would get lost trying to keep track of which parent is parent.

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