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Bare your sole. The benefits of barefoot training.

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It’s hard to complain about life when you’re sweating it out with sand between your toes, the tropical sun on your back and the stunning blue of the Andaman ahead of you. It’s a good thing that barefoot training is catching on and becoming more popular with trainers and coaches.

Many people are aware that barefoot running has been gaining in popularity. However, there are many other sports and activities that are prime for barefoot training, including Yoga, gymnastics, dance, Muay Thai, other martial arts and, my favourite, Clean The Beach Boot Camp.

Training – and even walking – barefoot is something simple that we can do to improve the health of our feet, as well as the rest of our bodies.

Being barefoot is natural. Most of us learned to walk barefoot and spent our childhood running around shoeless. Though we quickly become accustomed to shoes, it is an extremely liberating feeling to be without them.

Once we get used to the feeling – again – we naturally love it.

What’s strange, though, is that we have developed a mentality, which is finally being rolled back, that wearing shoes is ‘natural’, and that our feet are fragile and not designed to support us properly. This, of course, isn’t the case – and a fairly silly assumption when you think about it.

Of all the footed, pawed and hooved species of the world, why would homo sapiens need shoes? Lest we forget that an enormous number of people all over the world spend their entire lives without ever wearing shoes. Many wander savannas and rain forests without the protection or support of shoes.

The reward is strong, healthy feet.

In fact, people who have never worn shoes before, have very few foot problems.

Think about it…

1) The foot contains the most proprioceptors (sensors) in the body, so why would we want to deafen the messages to the nervous system by minimizing the amount of information received through our feet?

2) The foot contains 26 bones and 25 joints, which means there is a lot of coordination necessary to have your foot working at optimal efficiency. The foot has to move in all 3 planes of motion, as it deals with gravity, multiplanar movement, proprioception and dynamic stability. This all becomes hard when we have a barrier between its sensors and the world, such as orthotics, heel lifts and so on.

3) The body recognizes movements, not muscles, so the more we can take the foot to the end of its range of function without pain or discomfort, the better it will react, and the more likely it will allow us to activate our abs – even when we are simply walking.

4) Another advantage is simply that without a shoe on it’s easier to diagnose issues starting with the feet that cause other physical issues, such as knee pain, hip dysfunction or sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain.

It’s best to liken wearing shoes to how grains and dairy have become incorporated in our diets – these are things recently introduced into our lives and have many potential pitfalls, including, but not limited to, arch pain, arthritis of the foot, bunions, calluses, heel pain and overlapping toes.

On top of this, there are a slew of indirect issues associated with wearing shoes, especially ones that don’t fit properly. These issues can develop in your ankles, knees or hips. They can also develop in your back.

Fashion has seduced many women into cramming their feet into narrow shoes and staggeringly tall stilettos – take a peek at what women are wearing as they trudge along Soi Bangla. The damage from these shoes is very real. I am constantly reminding my female clients about the dangers of high heels. Yes, ladies, they might look good, but they are a surefire way to fan the flames of future health issues caused by progressively shortening and tightening the calf muscles. This can set in motion a chain of events that will affect other parts of your body, such as your back.

Even though shoes might be a certain kind of evil, you don’t want to just kick them off and immediately start running the streets without a care in the world. There are several things to consider.

Firstly, take in your environment. Outside of the obvious – avoid glass walking – be aware that most gyms won’t let you slip out of your trainers. However, they will allow you to train in barefoot shoes, such as Vibram Five Fingers.

Secondly, don’t forget where you’re coming from. If you have engaged in barefoot practices, such as Muay Thai, in the past, you will probably adapt to other forms of shoeless training faster than someone who has worn shoes their entire life. The bottom line is to listen to your body and take time to adjust to either barefoot shoes or the real deal.

Basically, use common sense. Phuket can be hot – to put it modestly – so avoid freshly baked pavement and shoot for some grass, or for the tide line on the beach.

If you’re not sure if barefoot training is for you, at least kick off your shoes and give it a go with the Clean The Beach Boot Camp – there is no better introduction.

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Bare your sole. The benefits of barefoot training. | News by The Thaiger

Krix Luther has been Personal Training in Phuket for more then 10 years, he specialises in weight loss, strength and conditioning and TRX . For more information about Krix and his services, visit krixluther.com



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2019: It’s all about you

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2019 comes with all sorts of expectations – a new beginning, a renaissance, a rebirth. You may be looking ahead for individual tweaks and improvements or perhaps you want to change something altogether.

From cutting out chocolate to saturated fats, many will look at altering their figure. Thanks to numerous technological advancements and greater accessibility to overseas travel, you may wish to combine a procedure with a foreign Holiday.

From Bali to Bangkok, you can now experience similar standards of care with significantly reduced prices across a variety of invasive and non-invasive treatments, for example CoolSculpting, Hair Transplant, Face lift or a Tummy Tuck.

What better way to relax and recover after your procedure in some of the world’s most exotic locations and whether basking on a beach or recuperating in a stunning resort setting nearby, combining your health and beauty with a unique holiday is just what the doctor ordered. 

No need to worry about the standard of healthcare as it is precisely the same if not better than back home. You will get treated in exemplary medical facilities and clinics which offer state of the art diagnostic equipment and dedicated bilingual nurses. The opportunity to be pampered as a part of an inexpensive procedure is an undeniable bonus.  

medical.thethaiger.com offer patients a one-stop platform to help you plan the perfect medical tourism experience. They have partnered with a host of JCI-accredited facilities where you can expect nothing but the finest treatment as well as top-quality cosmetic procedures.

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Bangkok Airways celebrates the arrival of its 40th aircraft

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Bangkok Airways has welcome the latest Airbus A319 as the local airline’s 40th aircraft when it arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The event was led by Dechit Chareonwong, vice president of Flight Operations and joined by Nijjapat Piyapant, vice president of Ground Operations.

This aircraft type, the latest incarnation of the short-haul A320, consists of 144 economy class seats and will serve popular domestic and international routes such as Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui, Krabi, Myanmar (Yangon, Mandalay), Cambodia (Siem Reap, Phnom Penh), India (Mumbai) and Vietnam (Danang).

The airline is adding Vietnaese city of Cam Ranh as a new route starting January 25.

Currently, Bangkok Airways’ fleet consists of 4 ATR 72-500s, 11 ATR 72-600s, 16 Airbus A319s and 9 Airbus A320s.

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Top 10 countries in Asia – DataLeads report

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“Japan is ranked the best country in Asia and fifth globally. Thailand ranks 27th globally”

DataLeads reports that a survey conducted in 80 countries shows that Japan and Australia are the only Asia-Pacific countries that features in the top 10 best countries of the world.

The ranking of countries is measured through factors like entrepreneurship, openness to business, adventure, citizenship and overall quality of life.

The survey evaluated 80 countries across 24 rankings drawn from a survey of more than 21,000 global citizens measuring 75 dimensions that have the potential to drive trade, travel and investment.

Japan is ranked the best country in Asia and fifth globally. Australia also features in the top ten list of best countries of the world. It is ranked seventh globally and second in Asia. It has scored well on indicators like entrepreneurship, being open for business and cultural influence.

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Singapore, the bustling city-island, is ranked 16 globally and third in Asia. The country has high GDP along with a low unemployment rate. However the increasing population has given rise to concerns of income equality and rising cost of living.With world’s second largest economy after the US, China is ranked 20 globally and is the fourth best country to live in Asia. Although the country has a booming economy there are concerns like the substantial level of rising pollution in the country that affects the quality of life.

South Korea is ranked 22 globally and is the fifth best country in Asia. The country has witnessed a steady growth and has reduced poverty significantly. It is the world’s seventh-largest exporter and 11th-largest economy overall.India is ranked 25 globally and is the sixth best country in Asia.

It is followed by Thailand that is ranked 27 globally and seventh in Asia.Malaysia is ranked 34 globally and is eighth best country in Asia. The country has “gone a long way toward reducing poverty, moving the share of households living below the poverty line from more than 50 per cent in the 1960s to less than 1 percent in 2015”.

Malaysia is followed by Indonesia (41), Vietnam (44) and Philippines (49).Sri Lanka is ranked 51 globally and is the 12th best country in the region. Health standards and literacy are high in the country although poverty remains a concern. It is followed by Myanmar (63) and Pakistan (74).

SOURCES: DataLEADS, Asia News Network

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