Today I walked the length of Takapuna Beach without my shoes on. The sun was out, the tide was low, the sand was smooth and firm. Being near to such beautiful beaches is one of the best things about living in Auckland.
Walking barefoot on grass or sand is a natural way of “earthing“. Apparently this practice causes a transfer of electrons into the body, thereby helping to neutralise free radicals and reduce inflammation, so bringing about improvements in physiology. Research is still in its early stages but there is some evidence that earthing can help with numerous conditions including pain, insomnia, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias and autoimmune disease. Certainly I feel in better health when I walk on the beach regularly, and often get new ideas for writing while there.
For eight years I used to take this same walk once a week, rain or shine, accompanied by my mother and a dog called Khymer. Then Khymer and my mother both died, my husband and I were both ill, and I gave up doing it regularly. Now I am determined to resume the routine. Having Khymer with me only in spirit does have one advantage; I no longer have to start early in the morning to comply with local regulations about the times when dogs are allowed on the beach.
4 thoughts on “Earthing; or, A virtual dog walk”
I LOVE walking barefoot on the beach and almost anywhere in fact, save perhaps to the summit of Rangitoto ……. you can almost feel it doing you good. I went for a sea swim on Labour Day – that was great too!! Jen xx
Well done you, swimming already – still too cold for me!
*I was walking at the same time today as you on Milford Beach. Much better than paradise. No people, no dogs 2day, however.*.* Even my beach-girlfriends were absent.* *My Russian friend Olga is right now starting her daily jogging. We met a couple of times when she was visiting her granddaughter in Palm Beach, Waiheke Island. She wants me to visit/live with her in Voronezh. If I was younger, I wouldn`t have hesitated.* *Lady Allum is run by a female terrorist. And I didn`t come here to fight terrorism. Highjacked by an elderly lady from Takapuna, but not my soul-mate, to say the least. All the rest of my grilfriends are half my age. *
*Enjoy the sun between the showers.*
On 26 October 2016 at 16:26, Jennifer Barraclough’s Blog wrote:
> Jennifer Barraclough posted: ” Today I walked the length of Takapuna Beach > without my shoes on. The sun was out, the tide was low, the sand was smooth > and firm. Being near to such beautiful beaches is one of the best things > about living in Auckland. Walking barefoot on grass or sand” >
Or a walk with a virtual dog.
Once upon a time you would nt walk on sand with bare feet.
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