IS EARTHING THE HOTTEST NEW FITNESS TREND NOBODY UNDERSTANDS?

Throughout history humans have walked, sat and slept on the ground, cultivated their land with bare hands and spent a lot of time naturally grounded. Such ordinary contact served as a channel for transferring the Earth’s natural, gentle negative charge into the body.

It sounds like a hippie alternative concept, but it’s not yet time to crack out the incense and Hessian bags. Our human connection to nature and the earth is really important to maintain and upkeep, but due to our busy lifestyles and advances in technology many of us have become separated from our basic Earthly bond and rarely touch the real ground. 

It’s pretty simple when you think about it. We spend our days in soled shoes. We sleep in beds and homes off the ground. Plastics, synthetic fabrics, asphalt, tar and carpets all block this natural connection with the Earth. 

The benefits to keeping your feet on the ground (literally) are many, but start when you ensure your body has an adequate supply of electrons which is secured by obtaining direct contact with the earth. 

  • Your immune system functions optimally
  • The balance of your REST and DIGEST nervous system and your FIGHT or FLIGHT nervous system is improved
  • You experience greater energy
  • Experience improvement in blood viscosity
  • The effects of stress are reduced 

Can you remember the last time you walked barefoot on the Earth?

The buzz word for this process has been labeled as “Earthing” and is as simple as taking your shoes off and touching the real ground. 

A few easy tips from GLOW HQ to incorporate earthing into your life:

  1. Go on a large bush-walk and take your shoes off at the conclusion to connect to the earth
  2. Go to your local park and run your toes through the grass
  3. Go to the beach and dip your feet in the waves and the sand

Give it a try and see how your body interacts when you focus on your connection with nature and the earth. Who doesn't love dipping their feet in the sand?!  

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Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith is the Founder of Glow For Life, with personal experience acting as the driving force for her passion to make a positive difference to the health and wellness of others.

Danielle tipped the scales at 30kg overweight in her childhood years and was a constant target for bullying. After making the decision to lose weight, Danielle moved to the opposite end of the spectrum, battling anorexia and bulimia for several years. Due to these early issues in her childhood she suffered from health issues later on in life like IBS, an underactive thyroid, nutrient deficiencies which lead to fatigue where she has spent countless hours and dollars with doctors, naturopaths and numerous allied health professionals trying to identify what was wrong.

After a lengthy recovery process, Danielle was able to build a healthy relationship with food, exercise and body image and made this a core priority in her life.

Unfortunately, a corporate career path with no passion or personal motivation caused Danielle’s priorities to slip, with health, fitness and attitude to life all taking a back seat.

The ‘Glow moment’ that Danielle had was a telephone call informing her that her mother was going to die. She was sick with jaundice, had a tracheotomy in her throat, was on a dialysis machine and her body was not receiving the nutrients required. The next day her father was admitted to hospital with renal failure.

Having experienced first-hand what can happen when you don’t prioritise health and wellness, Danielle knew it was her purpose to help educate and assist people to make positive changes in their lives to ensure that they are the ultimate version of themselves.

This was the catalyst for Danielle to quit her corporate career, study fulltime and begin her “Glow for Life” journey.

Since taking the plunge, Danielle has worked as a Personal Trainer at Soultrain in Woolloomooloo and as a Sport Massage therapist for the GWS Giants and worked with Julia Russell Massage therapy with such sports teams like The NSW Waratahs, South Sydney Rabbitohs, West Tigers and the NSW Cricket team.  She has just recently returned from spending time in New York training with some of the elite trainers at Equinox Greenwich in Manhattan and Celebrity Trainer from Muscle Manhattan, as well as training in Thailand at a Muay Thai training camp,  with current Muay Thai champion fighters.

Danielle is currently working with individuals, couples and families as well as in the corporate space, promoting health and wellness in the workplace and in general life.