Barefoot Beauty“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh
The Benefits of Barefoot Exercising
If you ever walked along a beautiful sandy white beach with freshly dampened granules underneath your feet, then you know what is like to be completely relaxed. But what if we were to tell you that science is discovering the tremendous benefits of barefoot exercising? It seems that now both women and men can enjoy the incredible sensation of walking on wet sand or even dewy grass and pebbles, and help improve their overall health in the process.
Physical Benefits of Barefoot Exercising
In our hectic modern world, we often believe that unless exercise is painful and uncomfortable then it doesn’t work. Nothing could be further from the truth! As we mentioned, walking alongside an ocean swept sandy beach completely barefoot is one of the easiest ways to relax. It also provides the body with incredible circulatory and physical exercise. Wet sand is extremely dense, and when you walk on it there is a great deal of resistance involved. This strengthens your muscles and essentially creates a more intense version of walking on concrete or powerwalking. Additionally, the sand underneath the soles of your feet massages and stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory system enhancing the benefits of your exercise.
If you don’t have a beach handy, get outside and walk barefoot on the grass. The best time to do this is in the morning when the grass is dewy. Allow you feet to really connect. Feel the texture of the grass beneath your feet and in between your toes.
Benefits of Reflexology
Reflexology is an ancient healing practice that involves applying pressure to the feet or hands. This natural therapy allows our bodies to deeply and fully relax no matter what our daily life is like. Most scientists believe that reflexology works by releasing energy through the nervous and chemical systems of the body. The link between barefoot exercising and reflexology is intrinsic. Our bodies respond to touch, whether from other human beings or from the earth. The texture of sand, earth, or the grass underneath our feet helps us release negative energy and replenish and reconnect with the world that surrounds us. Barefoot exercising is just one of many ways we can enjoy reflexology in our natural environment.
You can easily indulge in this relaxing and rejuvenating experience right from your very own home by exploring reflexology through barefoot exercising. You’ll be amazed at just how freeing and amazing this exercise can be, so give it a try and release your anxiety and stress.
Beauty Benefits of Barefoot Exercising
Most health and beauty experts realize the powerful effects sand can have on our skin. It exfoliates dead cells from the top layer of our dermis and allows new fresh, and beautiful skin to emerge from underneath. The friction of walking on sand is enough to create the exfoliation process and is the single best way to leave skin feeling renewed.
Natural beach sand is also loaded with minerals that our skin desperately craves. This is particularly true if you decide to walk on an actual ocean or seaside beach where seawater will lap over your feet as you exfoliate your skin during your exercise. Our feet support our entire body, which is a heavy burden to bare. They deserve our affection and attention. A bit of salty, mineral rich beach sand can help relax the muscles and nerve fibers in our feet and restore both our mental and physical balance.