One can oft times despair at the general level of journalism in the UK but if looking for a level of journalism to really deeply despair at then you need look no further than The Daily Mail.

A while ago the great god Google took me to The Daily Mail where i came across this article: “So that’s why your feet are giving you grief!   Simple steps you can take to beat the toll of ageing”.

It states that the writer had the help of leading experts to write the article — experts in what may i ask?   Nowhere does Diana mention who these experts are or what their speciality is.   However, one thing is clearly obvious and that is that none of them know anything about feet and foot health because not one of them suggests going barefoot as a solution.

All the problems in the article are caused by wearing shoes — all of them.   So obviously the solution to all of them is to not wear shoes.

I started living my life barefoot in 2004.   The excruciating pain of osteoarthritis that i used to suffer (which i developed in my mid thirties) disappeared almost instantly.   I went from not being able to walk to town to being able to go hill walking like i used to when i was 20, simply by stopping wearing shoes.   Yes, i do go hill walking barefoot.

But alas, our society expects people to wear shoes.   Why?

We have a similar fixation within our society for making people wear shoes that other societies have for making women wear head-scarves.   Why?   It’s utterly ridiculous for people in the UK to eagerly criticise other societies and cultures for their dress codes while never considering their own blind obedience to the absurd dress codes that our own culture promotes, shoes, neck ties, etc..

Had i continued wearing shoes when the osteoarthritis set in and went down the standard medical route of painkillers and anti-inflammatories that are commonly prescribed for this condition, i would have had knee replacement surgery by now.   The cost to the economy caused by sickness and time off work, the cost to the NHS for knee and hip replacements and the cost of all the other medical help and prescriptions that go along with this debilitating medical condition is astronomical.   Yet the doctors — the drug pushers for Big Pharma — continue this treatment practice: why?   Because doctors get paid lots and lots of money to keep treating people like this and Big Pharma makes obscene amounts of profit every year from osteoarthritis medication and operations.   The damage done by wearing shoes is big business and in a capitalist society — where the sole goal of all corporate entities and their representatives is to maximise profits — the wearing of shoes must be actively encouraged and made a requirement.

I found this from 2012: “The Global Economic Cost of Osteoarthritis: How the UK Compares”.

To put it simply:

Shoes are a tax on walking!

Now i’m not saying that everyone should just throw their shoes away.   There are times when footwear is necessary — like clearing brambles — but footwear isn’t necessary every moment of the day.   If you work in an office then there really is no need to wear shoes.   If you’re at home then there really is no need to wear shoes.   If you’re going to the newsagent to buy your copy of The Daily Mail

…i hope you get my point.

Give your feet a chance to be feet for as many minutes in the day as you can, else you’ll pay for it when you get older.

#bigpharma #health #barefoot #feet

First Olympic Distance Triathlon

So after my few lazy days today was the big one.   My first attempt at the full triathlon.

The swim was horrible with awful south westerly swells making everything a lot harder:

That’s 9 minutes longer than my last 1500m swim and that swim was after a 10.5km skate, so that’s nearly 25% extra effort due to the swells.   But i got through it and hopped on the bike:

That went better than i thought it would.   First time i’ve rode the bike straight after the swim.

Then it was back to the beach for the run, but the tide was coming in and i had to go run on the prom instead.   I really hate running on tarmac, not very nice barefoot, but having got this far i wasn’t going to let a bit of tarmac keep me from my goal:

So yeah, now i’m a triathlete.   It happened, it’s on Strava!

So now what?   Start training up to half ironman distance.   So will start by increasing the swim to 1900 meters, keeping the bike and run as they are.   Oooh yeah!

#barefoot #bicycles #bikes #cycling #fitness #gettingfitter #growingyoung #health #running #swimming #triathlon #trophies #vegan #wfpb

Strava — Did I Really Do That Run?

The Beeb have put up a good article on websites like Strava and how they’re impacting on people’s health and fitness:

‘Sport for the social media and smart phone generation’.

From the article:

We have all heard the philosophical head-scratcher about whether a tree falling over in the forest makes a sound if there is no-one to hear it.

Keen cyclists will be aware of a new variant to the famous question: does a bike ride take place if you do not “Strava it”?

For those addicted to the GPS-based ride-and-run tracker, the answer is a resounding “no”.

If you forget to hit record on your bike computer, smart phone or sports watch, those calories you burned, the effort you expended, the sweat you perspired… it never happened.

And yesterday my run wouldn’t upload to Garmin Connect from my XT920 for some odd reason.   And my Strava account is directly fed from my Garmin Connect account, so if it doesn’t go on Garmin Connect, it doesn’t get to Strava.   So did i really do my run?   My 920 says i did, but my Strava account doesn’t say i did.   Mmmm… more philosophy.   Schroedinger’s cat, is it alive or dead?

But, i managed to think that if i plug my XT920 into my desktop i can grab the .fit file and put it on my desktop and try to upload it to Garmin Connect that way.   Still not happening.   ARGH!   That’s my run!   All for nothing!   The fitness benefits will never happen to my body if it doesn’t go on Strava — will they?

But then i thought, again, that i could try uploading the .fit file direct into Strava from my desktop.   And yes, it worked!   I finally finished my run — for real!

Now why it wouldn’t work with Garmin Connect i still don’t know.   But that doesn’t matter, because Garmin Connect is just a personal fitness thing for me, myself and i.   What matters is Strava and having my run on there, and it is now, so i did do those miles and i did do them at the top of a soft sandy beach and i did mostly keep my heart rate in Zone 2 and now i can enjoy the fitness benefits to myself as it’s become Strava’d.   And as we now know, thanks to the BBC, that only Strava’d exercise counts, the rest is just some meaningless, unrecognised activity.

#barefoot #fitness #gettingfitter #growingyoung #health #running #strava #vegan #wfpb

Barefooters have some uses then

I can’t help but love this article:

“The young ‘barefooters’ making bowls cool”.

I’ve looked at bowling greens a few times and wondered if they’d mind.   It always seemed such a lovely game for a pleasant summer evening with friends.

Great to see us barefooters being of some use to OAP’s.

So anyone up for a game of barefoot bowling in Exmouth sometime?

 #barefeet #barefoot #feet