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    Are shoes important while working out?

    I searched on here and I can't seem to find a answer,do you guys wear shoes while working out?
    I mean I know if you're in gym you wear them ,but when at home is it important to wear them?
    I never wear them and I've been working out hard last 4 or so months.

    #2
    I don't wear any, either, and I don't see why it would be important (maybe when you generate a lot of friction while working out, that gives nasty blisters on your feet).
    If it has worked for you for the past 4 month without problem, I'd say you're safe

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      #3
      I Train barefoot at home

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        #4
        I train barefoot at home, as well. The only consideration for shoes while training that I have researched is that weight lifting is ideally done with flat shoes. Most athletic shoes are cushioned and have a raised heel.

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          #5
          I've been doing Darebee for 5 years now and when I started I wore "traditional" cross-training type athletic shoes. Due to pain in my feet, knees and back I transitioned to martial arts shoes, then to barefoot after about a year and a half or so. Now I train barefoot probably 95% of the time, but I also do most of my Darebee workouts on 3/4" thick exercise mats when I'm at home. If I'm doing exercises that are higher impact on my feet (high knees, jumps, etc.) I may wear minimalist/martial arts type shoes, but not all the time. For me personally, the higher impact exercises are too much for my feet if done barefoot on bare floors, so for times like when on vacation or otherwise away home I would wear shoes.

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            #6
            I also work out barefoot most of the time at home, even out of doors, on a rubber mat. It's a habit I got from doing yoga, but it seems to translate to everything else including weight training (dropping dumbbells on your toes is not recommended, however).

            I wear shoes for running, though.

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              #7
              I always wear shoes - working out, walking, or just sitting around. If only because my cleaning lady (me) doesn't vacuum nearly enough.

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                #8
                Barefoot for the win!

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                  #9
                  Eh, it depends, really. I usually workout at home, so I go barefoot. However, there are some movements that can be nasty to the feet not because of friction, but impact. I only do plank rotations with shoes because I can feel the hit it puts on my feet.

                  Right now I don't have sneakers; they are all worn out. So I'm using combat boots instead, and they are heavy. Good to add some challenge to things like Side Leg Raises and Kicks.

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                    #10
                    hehe dito, barefoot at home. Just my runner, a towel and I. gives me a better feeling and body control. And when I do climbers or some jumping jacks, I need more to focus to make "correct steps", and not just "jump around"

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                      #11
                      When training at home, I'm barefoot. Hell, I'd run barefoot outside too if I wasn't afraid of stepping on broken beer bottles but alas...

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                        #12
                        My feet have 2 hardened balls underneath my feet from all the jumping jacks. The only time shoes mean something to me is when I do something like splits where I don't want my feet to slide/slip.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by ArtBoyo View Post
                          When training at home, I'm barefoot. Hell, I'd run barefoot outside too if I wasn't afraid of stepping on broken beer bottles but alas...
                          Do you know, there are a lot of barefoot shoes on the market?

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                            #14
                            Better to use shoes, except yoga practice. It helps reducing the pressure on joints. Any good brand can be used, make sure there is a thumb gap between your toe and shoes tip. I use “Nike Running” for warmup and jogging. Hope it helps.

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                              #15
                              No, shoes are not important during exercise.

                              A lot of people like shoes for outdoor exercise and bare feet for indoor exercise, but it's really just a matter of personal preference.

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