Get GROUNDED! Time to ditch the shoes and let the energy back in!
By Christine Line
If you are anything like me, I am so extremely grateful for this time of year. After months and months of cold weather, extra layers and heavy boots I can’t get enough of the sun and being outdoors. There is POTENT medicine in being outside! One of those powerful benefits is “Grounding or Earthing” which essentially means to walk on the earth barefoot. It helps restore our natural balance, is extremely energy building, helps calm your nervous system.
How’s that work? Studies have widely shown that negative ions from the earth’s surface rush into our bodies to discharge the many unpaired positive ions, or free radicals, we’ve picked up in daily life through food, pollutants in the environment, stress and the like. Those free radicals are directly linked with disease, aging, and inflammation.
In a nutshell, nature wants us to be healthy! When we expose our bare skin to the ground, nature gets to work to help restore the natural balance and bring us back in balance with the earths energy field. That is pretty darn cool.
Unfortunately, today most people hardly walk barefoot on the grass, sand or earth anymore unless they are on a vacation. Most people hardly get outside enough, let alone to walk barefoot! Instead we are consumed with poor quality food, interrupted sleep and an incredible amount of exposure to EMF’s.
What are the health benefits of Earthing?
– Better Cardiovascular Health: Contact with the earth naturally thins the blood and reduces inflammation. This could result in better blood pressure and blood flow.
– Better Sleep (Ever wonder why you sleep so well at the cottage?)
– Lower Levels of Anxiety
– Elevated Mood (Less Depression)
– Helps Reduce Inflammation (Free electrons’ role as antioxidants are explained in a paper by Dr. James Oschman in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicinev)
Where do you start?
Start today! There is no right way or wrong way. Just get outside and head to a park, a trail or a sprawling yard. Kick your shoes off and go for a slow walk as you focus on your breath and just being.
I really enjoy taking my workout outdoors from time to time, kicking off the shoes and doing some more grounding exercises at the same time. Some of my favourites are breathing squats, deep lunges, and push ups or even just laying in the grass to stretch for 20 minutes.
That’s it! Now… I just finished my grounding time. It’s your turn!
RUN STRONG Do THIS 3 step combo for stronger runs and better stability.
For stronger runs and less injury practice single leg movements! One of my favourites before and after a run are a simple 3 step exercise to open the hips, hamstrings and turn the buttocks on – all while strengthening the feet, ankle and knees. BONUS!!
1. Start from a deep lunge with 90• bend in both knees. Engage your core and press the front heel through the ground (you should feel your BUTT turn on!)
2 . Exhale as you come up, line up your spine and give your knee a big hug. Keep core and buttocks engaged, shoulders back and head tall.
3. Inhale as you reach and tip forward into airplane or a single leg deadlift (no weight). Lengthen your hamstrings and breathe!
4. Come back to standing knee hug, then slowly lower to grass and reach arms up at the bottom of the lunge reaching for the sky.
5. Repeat 10 times on each leg and work each hold 5 seconds or so. You are here to stretch and strengthen