Barefoot enthusiasts say ditching your shoes is essential for optimal whole-body function. Doctors say minimalist shoes cause injury. Who's right? What if they both are? In Whole Body Barefoot, biomechanist Katy Bowman explains how both sides are right and wrong by broadening the perspective of over-simplified "shoes are good" or "shoes are bad" arguments. Using evolutionary-based and biomechanical arguments, Bowman demonstrates that shoes, in a modern context, have purpose, but that the trade-off for protection can be reduced whole-body health if we don't select the right shoes for our body and skill-level.
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This is an amazing book full of practical solutions for improving not only your foot, but also your whole body health. Regarding the PDF, I heard from the publishers that they have given the file to Audible and are unsure of the delay. They are more than happy to email it to anyone who needs it. Simply email them at email@example.com to request it.
The technical information is helpful. The author's reading is excellent. So where's the accompanying pdf the author mentions numerous times during the audio recording of her own book? I'm very disappointed with Audible.com and the author for neglecting the written material and diagrams. As of June 2, 2015, the accompanying pdf is not available.
If you have pain, Katy is going to be your new best friend. If you ate considering switching to minimal or barefoot shoes, read this first, it will make your transition pain free.
Very easy to listen to; varied aspects of foot health. This is not just a rant about not wearing shoes...Katy is very open to all opinions out there and doesn't push anything but facts. She encourages you to think for yourself and to apply ideas to your own body.
Katy rocks. I'm sure I will never be able to listen to another narrator. This is my first audio book, and I fear she has set the bar quite high. I love listening to her. It's just easy.
She's funny. She sounds full of life. She is confident, knowledgeable and open. Love it.
Yes. But I didn't. It is a lot of information afterall. But I could have.
The bloopers at the end were the best (I mean, not really the best, because the book was the best), but you know a Californian 'the best'. If you can laugh yourself silly listening to someone talk about anatomy I think she must be funny.
Katy Bowman is the Wonder Woman of kinesiology. She's funny, informed, and succinct in her delivery.
Katy delivers a concise, accessible lesson on responsible transition to minimal footwear, barefoot walking and natural movement.
You have to listen to the end to hear the blooper reel but the whole body book is full of humour throughout.
I thought this book was very comprehensive and left few questions unanswered. And if you've already questioned the use of orthotics and why in the world athletic shoes have a tapered toe box and a heel, this book will put many of the missing pieces on the table for you.
However, one of the main aspects of foot health and barefoot walking is the correct position of the big toe which gets completely ignored in this book. The big toe should really have its own chapter.
For example, if the big toe is angled and has moved towards the other toes even just a bit, none of the exercises will work or make sense. The big toe acts as one of the end points of your main foot arch. If that aspect is missing, the whole foot becomes unstable.
I still gave it four stars because the author is very analytical and explains other aspects of foot health and barefoot walking extremely well.
"Outstanding book read well by the author"
Yes - it contains a lot of information and I'm sure I will take additional things in if I listen again.
If you enjoyed this, try 'Move your DNA' by the same author. It's quite technical, but I felt that because the actual author is reading it, she manages to make some fairly complex issues interesting and easier to understand.
"Simple and impactful yet scientific and amusing"
Katy does an excellent job of conveying sound scientific information in an easy-to-understand way. She is as entertaining as she is informative and all the changes / exercises she mentions are both well explained and easily incorporated into daily life. I will definitely be listening again for both information and entertainment.
Also worth mentioning that (contrary to a previous review) the pdf is now available & very thorough.
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