Just as a child needs to reach each motor skill milestone in order to move onto the next, for adults there is often a need to re-learn some of those skills we learnt early on, but through habits and urban environmental factors, we need to revisit later in life. The below are some pointers from VIVOBAREFOOT who we’ve worked with to show you some of the skills you’ll learn in store to help you on your transitional journey.
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a simple, static, yet fundamental skill should be perfected before any dynamic movement occurs. Posture alignment by correct weight distribution and proper use of the feet is essential.
an easy transition exercise for building up your strength and 'running equipment' on a daily basis.
Perfect your posture, balance and increase strength & flexibility in your ankles, knees, hips and spine.
Get in tune with your nature rhythm (180bpm) whilst increasing dynamic strength & elasticity.
VIVOBAREFOOT, Nike, Merrell and New Balance all continually talk about the need to correct your technique as well as the importance of building up slowly as part of your transition. This transitional journey is different for everyone and in the majority of cases, isn’t as simple as switching your old pair of runners to a more minimalist style of shoes. As well as technique there may be structural issues impeding your transition and if so, we recommend visiting your health professional for advice.
The Mechanics can help you master the skills required for good dynamic technique and stock a large range of natural motion footwear designed to allow your foot to do its thing as naturally as possible.
To book a running evaluation session (a short session in store or a more indepth 60 minute session with our recommended in store running mechanics) click here. (link to book a session)
A child’s foot is quite malleable even up to their late teens and the sensory feedback they receive from their feet is important in helping them to not only develop strong, healthy feet but also with their motor skills such as balance and coordination. Ideally, children should be completely barefoot as much as possible but there are instances this is not always possible. In these cases, it’s ideal to look for a high quality shoe that mimics the child being barefoot – such as being lightweight, flexible and allows the child to feel where they are in relation to their environment (a term called proprioception).
for those who have started to crawl around. You might want to have a second layer on their delicate feet to provide them with protection and comfort whilst ensuring secure grip.
for first time walkers with a highly flexible shoe for enabling unrestricted development and suited to the unique shape of a first time walker’s foot.
For walking, running, jumping and going on adventures. This range is for a confident walker who has a more developed, but still unique, foot shape. The i-Walk range accommodates this, providing the best possible flexibility whilst adding grip for kids on the go.
During these early years, fit is also quite important.
For guidelines on sizing the Bobux range, please click here.