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The idea of having a dog is very appealing until I think about pooper-scooping!! I used to joke that I would love a dog that didn’t poop, smell or lose hair. J
I have now got a new pet, whom I have named Pedro. He’s not a dog. Instead, he is a poop-free, smell-free and hairless pedometer!!
He only does external steps. He’s lazy indoors and snoozes in my coat pocket when at home, so no going up and down stairs.
He’s faithful. He refuses to go out with Don, who would provide him with far more steps!
On a regular sort of day, we tend to notch up about 7K steps. This is the bare minimum which I allow myself to do in a day and I realise that to aim at 10K a day (my ideal) is in fact quite a time commitment, one which is reserved mainly for weekends.
I also treat myself to a daily mish-mash of Tai Chi, Qi Gong and stretching, and now that the weather is perking up, I like to do this barefoot on the lawn.
The result? I’m getting fitter and I feel generally better in myself, have more energy and I sleep better too.
Exercise is SO important. You can be a juice-sipping, smoothie Goddess (or God) but if you aren’t moving your body, you are only doing half a job. Likewise, if you are a yoga Goddess or running marathons, but ignoring your cells’ need for health-giving nutrients. To enjoy the best health possible, exercise and good diet go hand in hand – or should that be step in hand? And let’s not forget healthy positive thoughts too.
There are countless articles on the web dedicated to the science behind the benefits of regular exercise. I started making notes about all this but soon started to drown in all of them. I decided instead to look at the commonsense reasons why it’s essential to exercise EVERY day.
- We were designed to MOVE. Cave-dwelling homo sapiens probably did a fair bit of sitting around fires, but he also notched up a lot of exercise too. We weren’t meant to be sitting on our bottoms all day (typical day = car, PC, car, TV). I’ve never fully understood the advice to exercise just a couple or so days a week only. Common sense says we need to move daily!! If you don’t get into the habit / routine of exercise each day, it’s so easy to let it slip one day, then another, and before you know it, a week has gone by without doing any!!
- If you do find yourself glued to a PC all day, it’s recommended to get up every 10 mins or so, move around, and stretch. (When I was in IT, I used to get up, go to the loo, get a cup of water en route back to my desk, which necessitated another trip to the loo not long after ….. and so on, until home time. It worked a treat!)
- Clearer thinking, clearer skin, better functioning cells all round (and healthier big toes). Movement helps to pump blood around the body which means that our cells get nourished by a good flow of nutrients and oxygen, both of which travel in the bloodstream to each and every cell. That’s brain cells, skin cells, big toe cells etc.
- Movement helps to boost our immune system. When we move, our lymph (which is an integral part of the immune system) is also pumped round the body. It’s good to move all year round, but lymph tends to be more sluggish in cold weather, so it’s extra important to move during the winter (despite the cold!!) to keep pesky colds and flu at bay.
- Movement helps to detox our bodies. The lymph and bowels both play a part in eliminating toxins. I have running friends who report that they never get constipated. Smooth-running digestion has to be one of the greatest health boosters going!!
- Modern man spends a silly amount of time in his head. Stale thoughts, analysis-paralysis, worry, and dithering over a decision can all be shifted to a certain extent by moving our body!! Movement can be a great way to calm the mind down, especially if you take a walk in nature. I was surprised to read that Dr Mercola reads his Kindle whilst walking each day. I’m not sure if that’s on a treadmill (which to me is a waste of a good walk in itself), but if not, I know that I would trip up within a few yards – done that, got the tee shirt and bad knee (now better)! Tripping up apart, walking or other forms of exercise are a great opportunity to get out of your head for a while. To pause, take a breather, allow the fresh air to blow away the cobwebs…… ah lovely! As a result, exercise is a great de-stressor and sleep-aid.
- Movement generates more feel-good chemicals, so is a great mood enhancer. Self-confidence gets a boost too as we enjoy a healthier weight, glowing skin etc!! Get that body moving!! EVERY Day. And don’t forget to drink water too !!
Get that body moving!! EVERY Day. And don’t forget to drink water too !!
There is something inherently calming about feeling warm grass under my feet. Ditto whilst standing barefoot on sand, freshly damp from the tide.
With spring well underway and a surprising burst of beautiful sunny days, now is the time to go footloose and fancy-free on your lawn!! Walking (or dancing!!) barefoot on grass (or sand) is known simply as “Earthing”. It is our way of tapping into, and nourishing ourselves with, Mother Earth’s energies. Not only is it good for our health, but it’s entirely free too.
There is just one precaution to take, and that is to ensure that your patch of Mother Earth is au naturel, i.e. it hasn’t been treated with chemicals. Sadly, most parkland is riddled with toxins, so we want to stay well clear of that!!
It’s a rare human who doesn’t spend silly amounts of time glued to a PC, mobile, TV, etc., and usually indoors! This isn’t natural and it certainly isn’t healthy. Instead of being exposed regularly to the beneficial, nurturing energies provided by Nature, we live in a smog of Electro Magnetic Frequencies (EMFs) and a preponderance of positive ions. The result? Our cells are frazzled, and not too surprisingly, a lot of us regularly feel well under par, stressed to the hilt, and with little vitality.
Taking time out, disconnecting from the frenetic energy of modern life and instead connecting to source – i.e. Mother Earth – allows our cells to breathe a sigh of relief and de-stress. To do this, however, we need to go barefoot. Modern footwear tends to have rubber soles which insulate us from the Earth’s energies.
Most people are aware to some extent of EMFs, but positive and negative ions are less well known, so I shall attempt an explanation.
The air we breathe is a mixture of positive and negative ions (electrically charged particles) and these have a huge impact on our physiology. The bottom line is that we function better when there are more negative ions. Excess positive ions in the body are associated with disease and degeneration. For instance, when positive ions dominate in the bloodstream, the blood is stickier, which means less oxygen is reaching each cell, leaving us feeling sluggish both mentally and physically. Negative ions, on the other hand, help us to cleanse and heal, leading to greater vitality and an overall feeling of wellbeing.
Computers, TVs, air-conditioning, and other electronic equipment constantly release positive ions into the air.
Negatively charged ions come from natural sources such as waterfalls, the sea and rainstorms. Think of an electrical storm. Beforehand there is a density of positive ions which makes the air feel heavy and muggy. Once the storm has passed, we all feel a huge relief. Why? The air is fresher and the storm has cleared both the air and our bodies of positive ions.
Another invaluable source is the Earth’s surface which plays host to a limitless supply of free electrons. When we discard shoes and socks, and put our bare feet on grass, sand or water (oooooooooo – doesn’t it feel good? :)), the soles of our feet “breathe in” a stream of negative ions into our body, which can cancel out the destructive positive ions, thus rebalancing us at all levels.
It’s like recharging ourselves, just as we do our mobile phones!!
Here are just some of the numerous health benefits from “earthing” or “grounding” yourself.
🙂 Reduces stress and has a calming effect
🙂 Reduces inflammation and chronic pain
🙂 Increases energy
🙂 Relieves muscle tension and headaches
🙂 Normalises the body’s biological rhythms
🙂 Improves blood pressure and flow
🙂 Dramatically speeds healing
🙂 Helps to balance us emotionally
🙂 Protects the body against EMFs
So go on ……… liberate those tootsies ……… go grass- and sand-paddling ……… plug into the incredible energy network of Nature and reap the benefits. AND it’s completely FREE!! 🙂 🙂