What are the Best Surfaces for Barefoot Running?
Obviously, the best surfaces for barefoot running or walking would be surfaces free of debris, or sharp objects that can cause injury. If you live in the suburbs or in the city this may be a little more difficult to achieve as you may have difficulty finding the best surfaces to run on.
The most optimal surfaces for barefoot running are surfaces that are good conductors of electron flow. Studies show that concrete is a good conductor as long as it hasn’t been sealed.
Painted concrete allows a lot less flow of electrons. Materials like asphalt, wood, and typical insulators like plastic or the soles of your shoes, will not allow electrons to pass through and are not suitable for barefoot running.
The ideal location for barefoot running is the beach, close to or in the water, as sea water is a great conductor. Your body also contains mostly water, so it creates a good connection. If you can’t hit the beach, then a nice grassy area or a beautiful meadow covered with early morning dew is the next best surface to run barefoot on.
How Barefoot Running can Affect your Health
Two main things that make a difference in your ability to conduct electron flow are 1) Standing or running outside in your bare feet and 2) How high up you are off from the Earth’s surface.
There is a natural charge at the surface of the Earth where your body can receive an electron flow. This potential charge is something you don’t feel as is does not cause any particular current flow.
Whenever we have weather changes, this potential charge can go up from one hundred volts to 10,000 volts per meter which is the stage just before lightning strikes. This charge between the surface of the Earth and the ionosphere hundreds of miles up is charged by particles from the sun and is very electrically active.
Those charged particles eventually reach the Earth in the form of lightning and electrify the entire surface of the Earth so that anywhere you touch the Earth, there are electrons. The path they travel is originally from the sun, then to the ionosphere and finally to the earth.
We don’t see the effects of this charge right in front of us daily, but this constant flow of electrons does exist in the atmosphere and during storms, it intensifies to the point where we actually see it in the form of lightning.
This atmospheric electron flow is what the human body needs for the immune system to function properly.
To experience this flow of electrons through our body, however, we need to stay grounded to the Earth’s surface.
Therefore, the more separated we are from the Earth’s surface; the worse the implications are for our health.
For example, if you live on the 20th floor of a high-rise and you’re not grounded (using grounding technology, of course), the consequences to your health will be more significant than if you lived on the first floor.
Likewise, when you wear rubber- or plastic-soled shoes, you are effectively shielding yourself from this beneficial influx of electrons from the Earth.
For optimal immune function, you want these electrons to enter your body, so make sure you take your shoes off now and then!
Exercising barefoot outdoors is one of the most wonderful, inexpensive and powerful ways to incorporate grounding into your daily life and minimalist running shoes will help you achieve this goal.