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Publisher's Summary

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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Katy Bowman (P)2015 Katy Bowman

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How to get the PDF

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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 info@restorativeexercise.com to request it.

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Terrific Content & Narration

Loved it! The PDF (which I downloaded from "My Library" on Audible.com) helps with visuals.

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Great advice for every person! Katy Bowman A+

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.

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Fun, informative, a must read for EVERYBODY

Would you listen to Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning Well to Minimal Footwear again? Why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What about Katy Bowman’s performance did you like?

She's funny. She sounds full of life. She is confident, knowledgeable and open. Love it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. But I didn't. It is a lot of information afterall. But I could have.

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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.

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So much information

Highly recommend!
Great information for better whole body health!
Information presented in a fun and easy way.

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The best book for optimal foot health!

it is interesting and educational from the beginning till the end! a must read for everyone!

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Where's the PDF the author mentions many times?

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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.

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Powerful Information, Exercises, & Engaging!

Katy Bowman is the Wonder Woman of kinesiology. She's funny, informed, and succinct in her delivery.

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Katy bowman is great!

This book is great because it takes Katy's philosophy and simplifies it for folks to apply into their everyday lives to become "whole body" healthier

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Do It For Your (Whole) Body

Great information and entertaining presentation as is the norm for all of Katy's materials.
Easy to understand but also thoroughly explains the reasons for transitioning to minimal footwear and how to do so safely. Includes lifestyle modifications for where and how you take your feet to keep your whole body healthy.

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  • LoubyLou
  • 06-04-15

Outstanding book read well by the author

Would you listen to Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning Well to Minimal Footwear again? Why?

Yes - it contains a lot of information and I'm sure I will take additional things in if I listen again.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • J. Carter
  • 05-29-17

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Really enjoyed the first few chapters, but then she started describing exercises, which just doesn't work for me in audiobook format when driving or walking! That said, I'm told this is the definitive work on going barefoot so maybe buy the book alongside this.

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  • Tanya
  • 06-17-15

Simple and impactful yet scientific and amusing

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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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  • Nerys
  • 04-03-16

Listen - you won't be sorry.

Katy Bowman has a new way of looking at living a healthy life. So worthwhile.