If you’ve attended any of my workshops or taken lessons with me, you know I am a big fan of being barefoot and will expound on walking as one of the best forms of exercise there is.
Our feet have 100 muscles, 33 joints and 26 bones in them. When you are wearing shoes and walking (or standing to perform), those elements are largely immobilized and therefore weakened. Weak feet send shockwaves up your body contributing to all kinds of aches and pains.
But, most of us live in urban and suburban settings so walking barefoot is a nice concept, but walking barefoot on hard, even surfaces doesn’t exactly exercise the feet well either.
So, what’s a Vocal Yogi to do?
Find a yard or a park, take your shoes off and walk!
Now that it is summer in the Northeast, my kids love to play outside after dinner. We head out for them to ride big wheels or play ball and I tend to kick my shoes off and spend time walking barefoot in our yard. A circuit around the grassy portion of our property is close to 300 steps. I can usually make it around 10 times before someone needs me, hits someone else, needs to go to the bathroom, etc. That’s 3000 steps (remember, 10,000 is the goal).
I took the above shot last night as I began my yard circuit. While I walked I felt my feet stretch and awaken from the day. Even my calves got a bit of work because I was barefoot. The surface of our yard is soft but uneven. There are bumps, uphills and downhills so all the bones, muscles and joints got to maneuver around.
Try it out. Put your feet in some heavenly grass and take a walk!
(Extra bonus points if you can name the composer of the song referenced in the blog post title!)