Barefoot that is! Walking barefoot outside for just 10 min. a day could re-adjust and strengthen your body alignment, reduce pain and inflammation in your body, help you sleep better, help boost your immune system to keep you healthy and a whole lot more! Perhaps you've heard the newest wellness "it" word on the block, "Earthing." It basically means: the practice of grounding your body to the earths surface by walking or sitting in direct contact with the Earth. There's been a lot of media hype, a new book and some pretty cool science and research coming out all leading to barefoot madness!
TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF AND LET'S GO OUTSIDE TO FIND OUT WHY!
1. WE ARE ANALOG BODIES LIVING IN A DIGITAL WORLD AND IT COULD BE KILLING YOU!
"Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, which is great for conducting electricity. The earth has a negative ionic charge. Negative Ions have been proven to detoxify, calm, synchronize your internal clocks, hormonal cycles and physiological rhythms and reduce inflammation (inflammation has been linked to cancer, heart disease, immune dysfunction, aging and cognitive decline), BUT we have built up an incredible amount of POSITIVE electrons in the form of free radicals in our bodies with the high prevalence of electromagnetic waves, Wi-fi and mobile phone waves...We are analog bodies living in a digital world and paying the price...We live in houses, wear rubber bottomed shoes and are exposed to EMF's daily.
THE SOLUTION IS EASY AND INEXPENSIVE: GO BAREFOOT TO GET PLUGGED IN AND RE-BALANCED! The Earth is brilliantly designed to help us stay healthy and strong....it has it's own naturally conductive materials that help ground the body and remove excess positive electrons. For the same basic reason we ground electrical outlets to avoid build up of excess positive charge, our bodies need the same grounding effect to stay healthy & disease free. All you have to do is get outside in your bare feet, plunk yourself down on the earth and voila...recharging! I hope it goes without saying, if you're bringing your electromagnetic wave devise out with you ie: cell phone, ipod, netbook, computer, blue tooth anything your body will laugh at you, the earth will laugh at you and it's just plain embarrassing....you gotta unplug to plug in! Just saying!
No. 1 YOUR FEET NEED TO MOVE AND GROOVE OR YOU'LL FALL DOWN There is more and more medical evidence that link foot, ankle and knee problems with overly-supportive shoes...WHAT!...we know high heels are the bad girls of shoes but those nice, sweet supportive tennis shoes and your dear sweet comfies...Tell me it isn't so!
By walking barefoot you strengthen ALL the muscles of your feet and legs. Especially the ones that stabilize you for movement. Our bodies were designed for movement three dimensionally. The uneven textures, slopes and valleys of the ground exercise, and support all of your skeletal structure, muscles, tendons and ligaments in your feet and legs which affect your ENTIRE body alignment. Walking barefoot also improves your bodies proprioceptive abilities-let's just say that without that you'd have no sense of balance and tip right over! And that's just an unhappy throw back from our college days that no one wants to re-visit!
So what's the prob with those nice comfy, cushy, supportive, padded-up shoes?...Simply put, they OVER SUPPORT, decreasing your ability to strengthen, move and groove those muscles, tissues and joints that with misuse and under-use begin to shorten and atrophy. Hello fallen arches, bunions, plantar fasciitis, and poor body alignment that will begin to wreak havoc all the way up town ie: grumpy sore knees, hips, back and shoulders. YUCK! That is not where we want to go! Let's just take our shoes off and give your feet a little loving exercise. You can also use our Yoga Tune Up® Balls to give those tootsies the massage they've been begging for! Your whole body will LOVE you for it! Check out the video below for a quick foot roll. If you do not have our Yoga Tune Up Massage Therapy Balls you can also use a tennis ball but only do one foot at a time to control pressure as tennis balls have less give than the Tune Up therapy balls and do not have the same gripping ability.
CHEERS TO HAPPY BARE FEET! You can also check out minimalist shoes that allow barefoot movement. Almost every major athletic footwear company makes them now!
Curly girl, teacher of yoga, anatomy, lifestyle coaching, facials and fascia. Passion: Teaching people how to find happiness & strength in their analog bodies & souls in a fast paced digital world.