Here’s a nugget for your back pocket: By walking just two miles per day, a person can reduce the likelihood of catching a cold or virus in half. Even more inspiring are statistics which show that regular walking can significantly reduce premature death from disease.
Many of us who incorporate physical fitness into our schedules will invest hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars each year on gym memberships while conveniently driving in our cars to get there! Ironically, one of the best fitness routines we can afford ourselves is simply placing one foot in front of the other.
Walking our way through life increases our endorphins, stimulates the cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems while also expanding lung capacity. In addition to developing muscle tone, it removes lactic acid from the body while neutralizing our PH balance.
Walking Barefoot on the Earth
The Journal of Environmental and Public Health reviewed a number of studies on walking barefoot on the earth. Earthing draws electrons from the earth’s natural power grids and vastly improves a person’s health constitution. Other studies used technology to prove that Earthing changed the electrical activity of the brain; moderated heart rate variability, improved glucose regulation and boosted immunity.
Even more compelling, another study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, showed that Earthing increased the surface charge of red blood cells, thus preventing clumping, which decreases blood viscosity, significant to preventing heart disease. Another study in the same journal found that Earthing may help regulate both the endocrine and nervous systems.
When you think about it, walking is one of the most romantic personal ventures we
can engage in on a daily basis. Walking in nature is especially life-giving. As we walk, moving our arms side to side, our breathing begins to synchronize with our motion. Our lungs are expanded to welcome fresh prana (life energy) to invigorate the cells and bathe the spirit in an intimate communion with the plant and animal kingdom. Walking, whether in nature, or on the way to work, provides a perfect opportunity for self-reflection, stress relief and an appreciation for this symbolic act of “moving forward” in life. You might say that walking is the perfect “anti-aging” regimen.