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For all of you seeking what you want during these ever-changing and challenging times …

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Desiderata – timeless message for challenging times

Desiderata

Back in early college, each day brought tumultuous news happening in America. When I first read this while sitting in my peaceful reading spot it became a timeless reassuring message.
May it help you now …

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

This continues to hang in my home study.Desiderata

 

Ed Mylett

Hi Folks,

Wanted to pass along a Great video by the motivational speaker, Ed Mylett.

It’ll take about ten minutes of time while having a Great impact on your day!

To watch hear what he has says click on the link here.

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.Let us know what you would like to read and learn more about.

Thank you and look forward to hearing from you folks!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! and …Stoicism – Ancient Wisdom for Our Modern Life

Hope Everyone enjoyed a Great holiday and wish all of you a Happy -Healthy and Successful New Year 2020!

To get you started, here is a summary of an easy packed with wisdom for balancing our modern life.

It’s a summary of the book, “How to be a Stoic”

Here we go …

There are a number of ancient Stoic texts out there, from Marcus Aurelius‘ Meditations to Seneca’s Letters From a Stoic – these books are filled with valuable information and lessons that we can implement today in our lives.

That said, these texts from the great stoics aren’t the easiest books to read, that’s where Massimo Pigliucci’s ‘How To Be A Stoic: Ancient Wisdom For Modern Living‘ shines.

Pigliucci has written this book as if he were having a conversation with Epictetus based upon Epictetus’ book, ‘Discourses‘.

Not only does this make ‘How To Be A Stoic’ quite possibly the easiest and best introduction to stoicism as the book is easy to understand and engage with, but Pigliucci also dishes out a ton of examples of where and how he has applied Stoicism in his own life, among the hustle and bustle of New York City.

Below are my key takeaway points you can implement in your life.

Acknowledge (Don’t Suppress)

Your Emotions!

One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to stoicism is the suppression of emotions.

Stoics do not hide or suppress their emotions, they acknowledge their emotion, reflect on what causes these emotions to take place and then redirect them for their own good.

This ties in closely with the next key takeaway…

 

Focus On What YOU Can Control (Become the Stoic Archer)

The only things that are within your control are your thoughts and actions, therefore these are the only two things you should expend your energy and focus on.

The Stoic archer is a great example of this…

Cicero explains in a stoic metaphor that an archer trying to hit a target has a number of things under his control including how often and intensely he trains, the correct type of bow and arrow for the distance of the target, how he aims as well as precisely when he releases the arrow towards the target.

That is all.

Whether the arrow actually hits the target is outside of his control.

He has placed emphasis on all areas that are within his control – his training, selecting the correct hardware and lining up the shot as precisely as possible.

A gust of wind may come the moment the arrow is released, something may obstruct the arrow’s path to the target, the target itself might even move!

The stoic archer knows this and as is ready to accept a negative outcome as he knows the arrow connecting with the target is not completely within his control.

Use Your Discipline To Confront Your Reality

When Stockdale was shot down and captured while flying over North Vietnam he had no idea he was about to spend 7 and a half years locked up, beaten and tortured in what was known as the Hanoi Hilton.

When being interviewed after receiving the Medal of Honor in 1976 Stockdale was asked who didn’t make it out of the dreaded Hanoi Hilton.

His reply…

Optimists.

They were the ones who said “we’re going to be out by Christmas” followed by “we’re going to be out by easter!” those things never happened, they died of broken hearts.

You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – which you can never afford to lose – with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.

See Adversity As A Training Ground For Life

The art of life is more like wrestling than dancing.

The Stoic faces up to advertising by treating life itself as a wrestler in the training ring, as an opponent who is not (necessarily) out to beat us, but whose purpose is to keep us on our toes; the stoic becomes eager to face his opponent because that’s the way toward self-improvement.

Use Negative Visualization To Free Yourself From Anxiety

Regularly focus on potentially bad scenarios that could occur and you’ll soon discover that they are not as bad as they seem, as you have the inner resources to deal with them.
Ancient Romans referred to this as premeditatio malorum (translates to foreseeing bad stuff).

Although this doesn’t sound like a particularly fun exercise visualizing negative happenings decreases our fear of them and mentally prepares us to deal with the crisis should it actually occur.

Not only are we more prepared in this case but we also gain a sense of gratitude and appreciation when such disasters do not occur.

Regularly Remind Yourself Of The Impermanence Of Things

Nothing is permanent, and the Stoics place very small value on physical possessions.
There’s nothing wrong with owning and appreciating nice items as long as you do not attach yourself to them.

Many men have fallen when they’ve had their material possessions taken from them, be it a mansion, a car of a piece of jewelry.

Remind yourself often.

This car is not permanent, it is merely a chunk of metal. It’s nice to own but I am not attached nor do I identify myself by it.

Other-Ize Situations

When a friend breaks a glass we often proclaim “Oh, bad luck!” however when the same situation happens to us we often react differently, likely with a tad more anger.

You should respond the same way when an event occurs to yourself as you do when it occurs to others.

You are just like everyone else, you should have the same attitude about an occurrence when it happens to others as it does to yourself.

The universe is not out to get you so do not respond as if it is when events happen to you.

Speak Little, Speak Well

“Let silence be your goal, for the most part, say only what is necessary, and be brief about it. On the rare occasions when you’re called upon to speak, then speak, but never about banalities like gladiators, horses, sports, food, and drink – common-place stuff. Above all don’t gossip about people, praising, blaming or comparing them.”

Reflect On Each Day Before Retiring For The Evening

Before going to bed each night write a few notes in a diary.

Take note of where you succeeded, where you came up short and what lessons you learned that you can take into the following day.

Aim to end each day a little stronger and a little wiser than the previous.

Wishing EVERYONE …
a Happy – Healthy – and Successful Boundaryless New Year!!

Boundaryless Life Morning Routine

what-gets-measured-gets-improvedYour morning habits are Key to your Best day!

From the second you wake up in the morning, everything that happens is key to your overall success. (Especially those first couple of hours.) This is when you set the tone for the rest of your day. It can put your mind and body in the right state to crush your workout, hit your goals and own the day.

This process starts with the habits you develop in the morning. If you start off on the wrong foot with a poor routine, it becomes difficult to get back on track and can make the entire day a write-off.

Such a waste!

That’s why I’ve put together this plan —

the Boundaryless Life guide to owning your morning.

With these strategies for starting every day off fresh, you’ll live like a true Boundaryless Warrior: someone poised to conquer the entire day and live your dream life (with your dream physique).

Getting Into the Right Mindset

One of the most important — yet often overlooked — aspects of starting off a day right is your mindset.

So often we get caught up in the stresses of life as soon as we wake up. We start to think about what we have to do for the day, errands we have to run, responsibilities at work. This clouds the mind and immediately starts to suck out energy and mental clarity… and the day has barely even started!

To combat this, meditation is the perfect tool to get in the ideal headspace. It helps rewire your mind to live in the present moment and not get bogged down by daily stresses. With tons of podcasts, audiobooks and videos on the internet to guide you through the process, practicing meditation has never been easier.

This doesn’t need to take long either. Simply 15–20 minutes of meditation allows you to feel deeply focused and present with razor-sharp mental clarity to start your day.

Beginning Your Fasting Window

For those Boundaryless Warriors who make use of the benefits of intermittent fasting, the morning involves pushing your first meal into the afternoon.

This can be vital to your morning routine; by pushing your first meal later into the day, some pretty remarkable things happen. For one, growth hormone levels rise. This helps preserve muscle mass and shifts fuel metabolism to fat burning. Along with this, testosterone is also boosted during short-term fasting.

Furthermore, insulin sensitivity in the muscles increases to create the best scenario for lean muscle gains. By having improved insulin sensitivity, you can better direct carbs into your muscle stores and away from fat storage.

Quick Fasting Tips

While its benefits are amazing, fasting can sometimes be tricky, as morning cravings get the best of us.

Luckily, there are several approaches to help start your fasting window and push your first meal later into the day. Here’s a step-by-step plan to achieve this:

When you wake up, start with plenty of water. Your body becomes dehydrated at night, and replenishing your water stores first thing in the morning will help satisfy your body’s need for hydration and nutrients.

Next, move on to some black coffee — this is a zero-calorie way to blunt hunger and get a boost from caffeine.

This will not only decrease hunger but also provide energy and mental clarity to push through the rest of your fast or hit a killer workout.

These strategies will help blunt the feeling of hunger and prepare your body to fast well into the afternoon and reap the benefits. This sets the tone for a successful morning that allows you to prepare for an effective day of nutrition.

Get Outside

Going outside in the morning is a great way to get your body and mind charged for the day.

For one, if it’s a nice day outside, you’ll get tons of vitamin D, which your body absorbs from the sun. Vitamin D has countless benefits, including a boost in the immune system, brain, and nervous system. On top of that, it helps regulate insulin levels, supports cardiovascular health and plenty more.

To go along with this, the outdoors can help with your overall mindset. Rather than being cooped up inside all morning, getting outside will help provide mental clarity as you breathe in the fresh air and destress.

Continue to pile on the benefits of getting outside by going on a morning walk. While absorbing sunlight and taking in sights and sounds to help clear your mind, you’ll also get your heart rate going. This is a low-intensity activity to kick your body into gear for a productive day, whether that includes training or recovering. (Plus, it burns calories without upping your appetite, a sweet bonus if you’re on a cut.)

Intentions Are Key

Goals are what keep us on track. They keep what’s important to us in mind (both consciously and subconsciously). It allows us to go in the right direction, which in turn allows our actions to follow suit. Without our goals and intentions laid out, it’s easy to get lost for the entire day and miss out on time that can be used to achieve your dreams.

This is why it’s vital to write down and review your goals in the morning — both long-term and short-term. Instantly, you’re putting your mind in the right place to lead a productive day as you strive to achieve what you want.

After reviewing your goals and intentions in the morning, you’ll quickly find your mind leans less toward procrastination and laziness. Rather, you will see an improvement in productivity after reminding your subconscious what you’re working toward.

Morning Training

If your preference is to train in the morning, there are some key tips to ensure you have a solid Boundaryless workout.

For one, sleep is crucial to waking up in the morning feeling energized and ready to hit a killer workout. Sleep, you’ll be so refreshed that you may just sprint to the gym.

Next, if you train fasted in the morning, it’s important to equip your body with tools to grow and maintain muscle without food in your stomach. Branch Chain Amino Acids have been shown to reduce exercise-related fatigue and improve recovery.

While you don’t necessarily need this to have a productive early gym session, adding it to your arsenal can be the cherry on top. It can definitely help you crush your morning training, as well as the rest of the day.

Conclusion

When you wake up tomorrow morning, remember not to take your morning laying down. Waking up with a deliberate morning routine is key to starting the day off right. This will ensure that success follows.

While these strategies are great guidelines to follow, everyone is different and morning routines vary from person to person. Try these methods and tailor your morning plan to your needs in order to maximize your own personal lifestyle.

Both your body and mind will thank you as you go on to conquer the day like a Boundaryless Warrior!

Who wants to start a morning routine challenge with me?!

When I was making the most progress in my life, I had a daily morning routine. Aka the Boundaryless Life morning routine 😉

I’d start with 20 minutes of meditation. The emphasis was on becoming deeply present. This puts you into an incredibly focused, high vibrational state.

Next, I’d review my goals. Big goals, short-term goals. This aligns and aims my subconscious mind in the direction I want to go. Doing this, your reticular activating system will become laser-focused on finding ways for you to achieve your goals and best serve you.

Finally, I’d look at my to-do list for the day. Things I wanted to get done to make the day as productive as possible. This sounds so simple, but I experienced a massive improvement in productivity with this one.

Kick Procrastination out the window and start living a Boundaryless Life!

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Your morning habits are the Key to your Best day!

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Boundaryless Life Morning Routine

William Honaker

6 min read

From the second you wake up in the morning, everything that happens is key to your overall success. (Especially those first couple of hours.) This is when you set the tone for the rest of your day. It can put your mind and body in the right state to crush your workout, hit your goals and own the day.

This process starts with the habits you develop in the morning. If you start off on the wrong foot with a poor routine, it becomes difficult to get back on track and can make the entire day a write-off.

Such a waste!

That’s why I’ve put together this plan —

the Boundaryless Life guide to owning your morning.

With these strategies for starting every day off fresh, you’ll live like a true Boundaryless Warrior: someone poised to conquer the entire day and live your dream life (with your dream physique).

Getting Into the Right Mindset

One of the most important — yet often overlooked — aspects of starting off a day right is your mindset.

So often we get caught up in the stresses of life as soon as we wake up. We start to think about what we have to do for the day, errands we have to run, responsibilities at work. This clouds the mind and immediately starts to suck out energy and mental clarity… and the day has barely even started!

To combat this, meditation is the perfect tool to get in the ideal headspace. It helps rewire your mind to live in the present moment and not get bogged down by daily stresses. With tons of podcasts, audiobooks and videos on the internet to guide you through the process, practicing meditation has never been easier.

This doesn’t need to take long either. Simply 15–20 minutes of meditation allows you to feel deeply focused and present with razor-sharp mental clarity to start your day.

Beginning Your Fasting Window

For those Boundaryless Warriors who make use of the benefits of intermittent fasting, the morning involves pushing your first meal into the afternoon.

This can be vital to your morning routine; by pushing your first meal later into the day, some pretty remarkable things happen. For one, growth hormone levels rise. This helps preserve muscle mass and shifts fuel metabolism to fat burning. Along with this, testosterone is also boosted during short-term fasting.

Furthermore, insulin sensitivity in the muscles increases to create the best scenario for lean muscle gains. By having improved insulin sensitivity, you can better direct carbs into your muscle stores and away from fat storage.

Quick Fasting Tips

While its benefits are amazing, fasting can sometimes be tricky, as morning cravings get the best of us.

Luckily, there are several approaches to help start your fasting window and push your first meal later into the day. Here’s a step-by-step plan to achieve this:

When you wake up, start with plenty of water. Your body becomes dehydrated at night, and replenishing your water stores first thing in the morning will help satisfy your body’s need for hydration and nutrients.

Next, move on to some black coffee — this is a zero-calorie way to blunt hunger and get a boost from caffeine.

This will not only decrease hunger but also provide energy and mental clarity to push through the rest of your fast or hit a killer workout.

These strategies will help blunt the feeling of hunger and prepare your body to fast well into the afternoon and reap the benefits. This sets the tone for a successful morning that allows you to prepare for an effective day of nutrition.

Get Outside

Going outside in the morning is a great way to get your body and mind charged for the day.

For one, if it’s a nice day outside, you’ll get tons of vitamin D, which your body absorbs from the sun. Vitamin D has countless benefits, including a boost in the immune system, brain, and nervous system. On top of that, it helps regulate insulin levels, supports cardiovascular health and plenty more.

To go along with this, the outdoors can help with your overall mindset. Rather than being cooped up inside all morning, getting outside will help provide mental clarity as you breathe in the fresh air and destress.

Continue to pile on the benefits of getting outside by going on a morning walk. While absorbing sunlight and taking in sights and sounds to help clear your mind, you’ll also get your heart rate going. This is a low-intensity activity to kick your body into gear for a productive day, whether that includes training or recovering. (Plus, it burns calories without upping your appetite, a sweet bonus if you’re on a cut.)

Intentions Are Key

Goals are what keep us on track. They keep what’s important to us in mind (both consciously and subconsciously). It allows us to go in the right direction, which in turns allows our actions to follow suit. Without our goals and intentions laid out, it’s easy to get lost for the entire day and miss out on time that can be used to achieve your dreams.

This is why it’s vital to write down and review your goals in the morning — both long-term and short-term. Instantly, you’re putting your mind in the right place to lead a productive day as you strive to achieve what you want.

After reviewing your goals and intentions in the morning, you’ll quickly find your mind leans less toward procrastination and laziness. Rather, you will see an improvement in productivity after reminding your subconscious what you’re working toward.

Morning Training

If your preference is to train in the morning, there are some key tips to ensure you have a solid Boundaryless workout.

For one, sleep is crucial to waking up in the morning feeling energized and ready to hit a killer workout. Sleep, you’ll be so refreshed that you may just sprint to the gym.

Next, if you train fasted in the morning, it’s important to equip your body with tools to grow and maintain muscle without food in your stomach. Branch Chain Amino Acids have been shown to reduce exercise-related fatigue and improve recovery.

While you don’t necessarily need this to have a productive early gym session, adding it to your arsenal can be the cherry on top. It can definitely help you crush your morning training, as well as the rest of the day.

Conclusion

When you wake up tomorrow morning, remember not to take your morning laying down. Waking up with a deliberate morning routine is key to starting the day off right. This will ensure that success follows.

While these strategies are great guidelines to follow, everyone is different and morning routines vary from person to person. Try these methods and tailor your morning plan to your needs in order to maximize your own personal lifestyle.

Both your body and mind will thank you as you go on to conquer the day like a Boundaryless Warrior!

Who wants to start a morning routine challenge with me?!

When I was making the most progress in my life, I had a daily morning routine. Aka the Boundaryless Life morning routine 😉

I’d start with 20 minutes of meditation. The emphasis was on becoming deeply present. This puts you into an incredibly focused, high vibrational state.

Next, I’d review my goals. Big goals, short-term goals. This aligns and aims my subconscious mind in the direction I want to go. Doing this, your reticular activating system will become laser-focused on finding ways for you to achieve your goals and best serve you.

Finally, I’d look at my to-do list for the day. Things I wanted to get done to make the day as productive as possible. This sounds so simple, but I experienced a massive improvement in productivity with this one.

Kick Procrastination out the window and start living a Boundaryless Life!

William Honaker

WRITTEN BY

William Honaker

Background in IT and a LEED Accredited Profesional in Green building. Interests range from martial arts, sports, technology, traveling, and writing.

Surprising 7 books that help you lose weight

Hi Folks!

Got a Surprise for you!

Not 1 …

Not 3 …

7 … That’s right … Seven books that will help you lose weight!

 

Sure you want to get started cause summer IS here.

First is Meditations by Marcus Aurelius —

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Aurelius was one of the great emperors of Rome, known to many as the Philosopher King. But despite being the most powerful man in the known world, he struggled with all the same things you and I do. This book, which was never supposed to be published, is a journal of his thoughts on struggle, adversity and dealing with pain. It’s a cornerstone of Stoic philosophy, which can help you detach from life’s less important things (like messing up one night on your diet) and puts all of life into perspective. As a practicing Stoic, I recommend this book to anyone embarking on a new endeavor in life.

Second is Mindset by Carol Dweck —

Mindset

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference. In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They’re wrong. In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. A growth mindset creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment and success at any endeavor — including your diet!  Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. And now, it will enhance your relationship with food and yourself. When you read Mindset, you’ll see how.

Third is The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg —

Power of HABIT

Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the cutting edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. The key to being successful at just about anything is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our health and our lives.

Fourth is The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin —

Art of Learning

Waitzkin is the chess prodigy about which the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer was created. He’s also a world champion martial artist. In this book, he breaks down everything he’s discovered about how to learn more quickly and how to go from average to elite in any discipline. He explains in clear detail how a well-thought-out, principled approach to learning is what separates success from failure. Waitzkin believes that achievement, even at the championship level, is a function of a lifestyle that fuels a creative, resilient growth process (hello growth mindset!). Rather than focusing on climactic wins, Waitzkin reveals the inner workings of his everyday method, from systematically triggering intuitive breakthroughs, to honing techniques into states of remarkable potency, to mastering the art of performance psychology. Through his own example, Waitzkin explains how to embrace defeat and make mistakes work for you. This is so important as you learn how to master a new lifestyle and your diet: making mistakes is part of the process, so grow comfortable being uncomfortable! 

Fifth is  Mastery by Robert Greene —

Mastery

The book crystallizes lessons from the world’s most prolific artists, scientists and entrepreneurs, then distills their teachings into actionable insights that you can directly about to learning the process of mastering your diet. I like to think of healthy living as a skill that you can train. Just like a new piano player who wants to learn how to play the piano, if she’s serious she’s going to recruit the instruction and discipline of an expert, and every day she’s going to show up and move her fingers up and down the keys, take instruction, learn how to read the music, and develop a new language internally to relate to the piano. That’s exactly how we’re going to approach your diet. Like learning the piano. Which is why understanding the path toward mastery is crucial to your learning.

Sixth is Deep Work by Cal Newport —

Deep Work

Taking all the above books into account, Newport, a PhD professor at Georgetown (represent!), synthesizes the concept of focus. Why is it that some creatives and professionals can get volumes of work done at a high level, while others can barely struggle to get anything done at all? Does all of society just need more Adderall, or are we  misunderstanding some fundamental ideas about focus? Cal goes deep. There’s only so much time, attention, money, and energy we have to spend on life’s pursuits. Success requires effort and concentration, and that’s not a bad thing. Better to spend your resources and energies on what you really care about, like mastering your diet and repairing your relationship with food.

Last but not least is ….

Seventh, The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer —

Untethered Soul

Who are you? When you start to explore this question, you find out how elusive it really is. Are you a physical body? A collection of experiences and memories? A partner to relationships? Each time you consider these aspects of yourself, you realize that there is much more to you than any of these can define. Spiritual teacher Michael Singer explores the question of who we are and arrives at the conclusion that our identity is to be found in our consciousness, the fact of our ability to observe ourselves, and the world around us. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization. Remember this and remember it forever: “you are not your thoughts inside your head, you are the witness behind those thoughts.”

 

There you go!

Hope a few of these sparked your interest.

I invite you to dedicate some time to your growth this year.

Books are a great way to start.

Let me know: What’s ONE book that’s completely changed your life?
Always looking for good reads!
Stay Boundaryless!
ENJOY LIfe

Vivobarefoot a Truly Functional Shoe

About Vivobarefoot Primus Knit Review – An Urban Functional Shoe

tested By Adam Sinicki on June 7, 2019

See more about this amazing shoe at bioneer.com

The Vivobarefoot Primus Knit is a new minimalist shoe from Vivobarefoot, that can help improve overall foot strength and mobility, while also improving numerous other aspects of your general health and your performance.

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In this Vivobarefoot Primus Knit review, I’ll be discussing the Vivobarefoot Primus Knit itself, while also talking slightly more broadly once again on the topic of barefoot training and minimal footwear in general.

The Shoe

To start then, the Primus Knit is a shoe with all the trappings of a good minimal trainer. That means you’re getting a near non-existent heel-toe drop, a wide toe box, and a very slim sole. The Knit does not skimp on any of these things and instead opts to go all-in. While I couldn’t find an official number, it appears that there is absolutely zero heel here, greatly encouraging forefoot running.

Likewise, there is a ‘performance’ insole which is 3mm, but this is hardly noticeable and can also be removed entirely if you want to get even more feedback from the ground. And the toebox is also huge, giving you plenty of room for toe separation and splaying.

You’re getting a near non-existent heel-toe drop, a wide toe box, and a very slim sole

To wear, the Knit is extremely comfortable. The stretchy fabric hugs the ankles in a way that is almost as enjoyable as wearing slippers. I often get in after a day out and don’t feel any need to take them off. Likewise, when going for long walks I’ve had no complaints – no chaffing, rubbing, or blisters even when trekking several miles uphill in the boiling sun on a recent team-building trip to Bath with Android Authority. The knitted ‘sock upper’ keeps your feet cool too.

Perhaps the only slight complaint is that the inner sole can occasionally feel a bit rough on the bottom of your foot. You do have the option of removing that though, and honestly I tend to forget about it after the first few minutes.

So, these are great to wear, but from what I can gather that’s not really the main emphasis of this shoe. Rather, what is unique about the Knit among other minimal shoes, is that it also looks pretty good – and not like a weird glove on the foot. What’s not knit is leather, and this gives it a more premium feel that looks great with smart jeans or even smart trousers. The white soles and brand reputation though means it feels equally stylish in the gym, ensuring that you can wear these throughout the day and feel classy doing so. That’s quite an achievement for a shoe that is built primarily for performance.

Perhaps the only slight complaint is that the inner sole can occasionally feel a bit rough on the bottom of your foo

It also suits me perfectly, as someone who like to stay in trainers all day so I’m ready to hurdle a railing on a whim, or hit the gym without needing to change. It’s why I liked my previous Adidas Pure Boosts so much, and the leather makes this even better suited to the job.

Performance

The PTO5 ulra-thin puncture resistant layer found on many of Vivobarefoot’s is present and correct here, meaning that while you might feel as though your foot is much freer, you still aren’t in any danger of cutting your foot on glass or sharp stones.

But that freedom is really liberating. The first time I wore a minimalist shoe (the Five Finger shoe, also from Vivobarefoot), I was blown away by how much it helped my parkour. Balancing along a beam is so much easier when your foot wraps around the surface, and when you can feel each contraction in your foot.

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But even when you’re not monkeying around, feeling different textures under foot provides more information about your surroundings that’s just interesting. And the way your foot contorts around anything you step on, means that your odds of twsting an ankle are markedly reduced.

Walking like this is a little more tiring for your feet at first, but this is a very good thing. It means your feet are working as nature intended, and with more muscle developing down there, you can also expect to enjoy a healthier gait and improved metabolism.

I posted to Patreon recently, discussing the difference of launching off your big toe versus your other toes during a jump – how this actually utilized slightly different muscles. These are things that don’t matter when it feels like there’s a wedge of foam between your foot and the tarmac.

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For running and training, the Knit performs similarly well, though this perhaps isn’t it’s absolute forte. Minimal shoes of course force you to hit the ground with the ball of your foot, which is a more correct technique and more useful for preventing injury. When lifting weights, being able to dig your toes into the ground actually does make a difference, and can even help you to improve glute activation among other things.

I should point out that it’s important to build up to minimal footware. I went sprinting in my first pair years ago and ended up busting my knee. This is easy to do when you’re hitting your foot on tarmac and you’re used to having a ‘cushioned ride’ when running. Having more gradually eased myself in following my recovery, I am having no issues now. Make sure you take your time with it, and this shoe should ultimately prove therapeutic in a wide number of ways.

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But it’s not the perfect shoe for performance and health. The toe box here is not only wide, but long. And that means that there’s a bit of empty shoe at the end which could potentially get in the way. This would be especially true when trail running, where it’s easy to imagine the shoe getting caught under a root leading to a nasty fall.

Moreover, I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable running through thick mud in this shoe. The leather is just too pretty for that, and there’s no waterproofing to speak of.

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That’s fine though really. This is marketed as an urban shoe, so that’s precisely the function it performs. And in all honesty, it’s not training that forms habits: it’s everything you do in-between. It’s how you spend the 90% of your time when you’re not working out. A shoe like the Primus Knit is primarily for those times, but doubles nicely as something you can bring to the gym and occasionally on a run.

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My only advice is that if you want something that is primarily for training, you might do better with the Primus Trail (which I may purchase in future). Or perhaps you could save yourself a lot of money by getting a pair of Feiyues to wear while training and some regular trainers the rest of the time.

For those that want to go all in on minimal footware as a lifestyle choice though? The Primus Knit is an awesome shoe.

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If you found this Vivobarefoot Primus Knit review helpful, and you like the sounds of the shoe, then you can order a pair from this link. He’ll earn a little commission and it will help out the site… so thanks!

Hope you try out the Vivobarefoot shoe while enjoying becoming Boundaryless!

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