By: MercyOne Staff
Researchers from Brigham Young University and Harvard Medical School found that people who wear minimalist shoes achieve the same results as those who engage in foot-strengthening exercises.
Slowly increase your steps when first wearing minimalist shoes to lessen your risk of bony injuries in the foot. A great starting point is 2,500 steps per day and increasing your step count after one week. Another technique is to begin at 4,000–5,000 steps per day and increase the number every two weeks.
Listen to your body and how it feels after walking. How many steps you should walk each day vary based on how active or sedentary your lifestyle is and what shoes you typically wear (e.g., high heels, running shoes).
For more information about minimalist shoe recommendations, consult a fitness specialist.
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