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    Is there a reason to avoid barefoot walking on a treadmill?

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    Due to childcare restraints, weather, and an unsafe environment, I am forced to walk/run on the treadmill for now. I am usually a runner in running shoes, but my doctor has put me on restricted activity because of pregnancy complications, so I am down to just walking. And my running shoes have been hurting my feet.

    It seems like most barefoot exercisers do it outside, and most tend to run (not walk).

    Any reason I shouldn't barefoot walk on my treadmill?

    I am barefoot most of the time--I only wear shoes outside of the house--so my feet are kinda used to it. I did a 20 minute barefoot walk on the treadmill today just to test things out, and it seemed okay.
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    I got really bad blisters jogging on a treadmill with socks... so don't do that. I see no issues walking on one but if your feet start to feel too warm I would back off.
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    the only problem i could see with going barefoot on a treadmill is sweat. if your feet get sweaty, it opens up the risk of slipping on the treadmill track. you're probably just fine walking, but it's something to be aware of.

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    I used barefoot shoes on elliptical, treadmill and a bike, with no problems whatsoever.
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    The only problem I see with walking barefoot on a treadmill is that you're using a treadmill.
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    You mean other than that it's boring as all hell?

    Seriously, though, when I was living in Canada and the conditions outside were unrunnable for 7-8 months out of the year, I ran barefoot on the treadmill all the time. Never had a problem. Preferred it to running shod by about a billion.

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    Thanks. I'm going to just gradually increase my time/distance--can't do too much during this pregnancy anyway--and keep an eye on my tootsies. But based on what you guys are saying, I don't anticipate any problems. Well, except perhaps dying of boredom.
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    Learn to juggle while you walk barefoot on the Human Hamster Wheel. Boredom solved.

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