Both topics have been covered in other areas, but I want to tie together two separate threads:
The benefits of barefoot running and minimalist footwear have been delineated in what now seems like thousands of articles. The counter debate is that because we grew up wearing shoes, we do not have the ability to readapt to barefoot walking/running.
Same point with sleeping: What would have been the most natural way for our ancestors to sleep? Is that something we should mimic, or have we been conditioned by squishy beds all our lives? I personally need to mix up where I'm sleeping every few weeks to avoid back pain - sometimes the bed works, sometimes I need a stiff futon, and other times I can only make do on the floor.
At what point can we readapt to what is 'natural?' and at what point are our bodies overly conditioned to be at their prime based on what they've done before?
asked byJake__2 (671)
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on August 09, 2012
at 04:49 PM
In my case, all it took was a really super long walk for my feet to rebel and demand more minimal (or at least flat and WIDE) footwear. This super long walk was more than 1000 miles long. At the same time I was doing all that walking I was sleeping on a 3/8" foam pad that provided insulation but not really much padding. I had no pillow. I slept better than ever. So I'd say the adaptation can happen at any time (I'm in my late 40s by the way) as long as you are willing to try.