Dying from the feet up...
That’s the first tip I learned on this trip to Sun City Resort in the north of South Africa with a group of health-conscious achievers.
This, from a chance encounter with a legendary local chiropractor en route to the airport. Neville was out walking with another age endowed gentleman; both barefoot and bossing it.
Yes, we are all aware of how good it is to take steps on dawn’s dewy grass for grounding, both physically and spiritually.
Yet, new medical research is now showing that this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as whole body health and longevity is concerned. Barefoot walking has more benefits than I ever imagined.
Walk Barefoot Daily
How many elderly people do you know who have lost the confidence to go out walking due to balance issues and lower back pain, hip, knee and foot pain? All issues that may be avoided if barefoot walking remains a daily practice.
Never again will I be shy of my wide-splayed toes formed from growing up barefoot on a farm in Africa. Nor of my hard-soled balls and heels toughened from sharp-stoned “koppies” (rocky outcrops) and “duwweltjies” (devil thorns).
These feet have splashed through muddy puddles and stepped in fresh cow dung that oozed between said toes. Imagine the hordes of bacteria and microbes that hitched under those nails! And NOW I learn how good that was for my gut health.
I won’t even go to the shoe-caused deformities and how thankful I am that these wide feet could never fit into narrow pointy shoes! OOG high heels… 👠read more on all this and how to transition well to minimal footwear in Katy Bowman’s Whole Body Barefoot.
Sun Rise At Sun City
As I write, the day birthed from behind these hills, first producing a rosy margin to highlight their dark profiles, then turning to that iconic image of God-sky with widening rosy rays emanating upward and outward.
That golden orb has now fully emerged reminding me that I’m here to do some organizational duties. Besides, I need to close these wide sliding glass panes that have a sticker warning me to…
Keep closed due to Primate invasion.
Right now it’s the Starlings who are the intending interlopers…
Live well and find the happy,
Merryl @ GreenSmoothie.com
P.S. I’m standing writing this draft old school style with pen and journal, that is resting on the window ledge of the Cascades Hotel at Sun City — South Africa’s Las Vegas.
My view: a man-made tropical paradise interlaced with flowing water and naturally shaped swimming pools. The plantings of giant bamboo, palms and tall leafy green trees not quite reaching as high as my 12th floor window allowing me a view of a range of hills beyond the resort.
I forgot to mention the birdcalls giving high notes to the orchestra of awaking nature floating up to me, and the sight of various flocks flying out on their first foraging trips of the day across the bushveld and golf greens, through the trees and sweeping around the curved structure of this mountain shaped building.
Such sensory delights awing me and reminding me of a fun fact I discovered today — the feet have almost twice as many sensory stimuli as the penis. Read more in Katy Bowman’s book…
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