Minimalist Running for the Obese Person
I put off minimalist shoes for a year. What happened? A year later, I was still fat and really ready to run in them.
I thought I was too fat for minimalist -- "barefoot" -- running shoes. In fact, I was just right! Now, I run four hours a week, I have lost weight -- and am still losing -- and I am training to run my first marathon!
Are You too Fat for Minimalist Shoes?
Today, I really think anybody who can run is someone who can run in minimalist shoes. I am not a pediatrist, nor any kind of expert on the human body. All I can speak from is my own experience.
My Experience as a Fat Guy Running in Minimalist Shoes
And my experience is that minimalist shoes work -- even for a guy like me, who was 300 lbs. when I started running in them. I have been running -- semi-regularly -- for years. I used to always buy very cushioned running shoes -- the kind that emphasize a heel-strike running stride.
Minimalist shoe running relies on a ball-strike running stride. It takes a couple of weeks to get used to it -- and the going is slow at first, with leg muscles developing, and learning to watch where you step.-- but getting into "barefoot running" in minimalist shoes really pays off in less strain on the joints and shins.
I ran an hour just last night -- about six miles -- and this morning, I feel great!
Who Needs those "Marshmallow Shoes"?
The short answer is -- nobody. That is my gut feeling. Still, I think a person who is trying to come back from morbid obesity (and not able to run) may have a hard time starting out in minimalist shoes. Once you get your weight down some, and feel comfortable running, I think you too can run in minimalist shoes.
What Kind of Minimalist Running Shoes Are Right for Larger People?
I really love running in my Merrell Barefoot Gloves. Once you build up the muscles that minimalist running employs, I think you would love running in Merrell's minimalist shoes, too!
Is Minimalist Running for You?
I know that some see the barefoot running trend as just that -- a trend. I think minimalist ("barefoot") running is here to stay. Everyone has to make their own choice about whether they will give this "trend" a try. It is not a gimmick. People are experiencing running with less body stress and less pain.
I know you may be worried about how different minimalist running is. You may be worried that "paying attention to where you step" sounds like a "chore" while you are running. Once you learn it, it is no big deal -- it's like walking and chewing gum.
I love this style of running, and I will never go back to "conventional" running shoes. Minimalist running is giving me new stamina, and new hope.
Give it a try! Perhaps, you will find new hope, too!
More on Minimalist Running by Regi B.
Minimalist Running -- The New Way to Run
Here is everything you will likely need to know to get you started with running "barefoot".
The Best Shoes for Minimalist Running
Get my take on the ideal shoes for "running barefoot".
What Are the Best Minimalist Shoes for Overweight People Like Us to Use for Running?
This is a post on my weight loss blog, FitFatGuy.com -- a place for people like us to tell "war stories" about weight loss.