Speed workout at Sunrise + Grounding

Wednesdays we love to run at sunrise from Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach to do our speed run.  Once we warm up 10-15 minutes then we do run/walk by timed intervals as 2-5 minute pieces then recovery by time or by heart rate.  Then we sometimes finish with 5 x 20-second hill repeats at the beach.  The reward is going for a beach walk in the healing salt water then go get coffee (Americano with splash of heavy cream!).

What are the benefits of grounding/earthing on the beach? 

Does earthing post workout help our recovery from the speed run workout?

“Grounding or Earthing is defined as placing one’s bare feet on the ground whether it be dirt, grass, sand, or concrete (especially when humid or wet).”

https://www.healthline.com/health/grounding

Earthing (grounding) connects people to the Earth’s natural healing energy. Reduces inflammation, pain, and stress; improves blood flow, sleep, and vitality.

Review of research evidence and clinical observations

What are the benefits of grounding?

Benefits of Grounding

  • Reduces inflammation. …
  • Decreases pain.
  • Decreases stress response. …
  • Increases heart rate variability. …
  • Improves sleep.
  • Improves cortisol rhythm. …
  • Improves wound healing. …
  • Reduces blood viscosity.

https://themovementparadigm.com/benefits-of-grounding/

What is grounding? 

Essentially, it is the direct contact of the skin on the hands or our bare feet on the surface of the earth. Or it can be done via a grounding system. The amazing thing about grounding is that people all over the world in diverse cultures have talked about the benefits and how to improve their health and well-being from being barefoot on the earth for thousands and thousands of years. Although this may seem new to some, it is really prevalent in other cultures.

 Benefits of Grounding

What are the evidence-based benefits of grounding?

1) Reduces inflammation = We know that ninety percent of all of our chronic health conditions are linked to excessive or persistent inflammation. Grounding is one of the simplest ways to address that.

2) Decreases pain

3) Decreases stress response = It can help shift us from our sympathetic state to our parasympathetic state in our autonomic nervous system

4) Increases heart rate variability = The higher our heart rate variability is, the interbeat between the heartbeats, the better the function of our autonomic nervous system. This can be associated with better recovery, better emotional resilience, and overall well-being.

5) Improves sleep

6) Improves cortisol rhythm

Cortisol is one of our key stress hormones.

7) Improves wound healing = Grounding can be a great thing to include in an integrative approach to healing.

8) Reduces blood viscosity = This can be one of the best things you can do for reducing your cardiovascular risk.

 How can you include grounding in your life?

The easiest way is to just get outside barefoot. You could spend as little as 10 minutes to see some benefits up to an hour.  Stand or sit in a chair and place your feet on the ground. You can put your hands in the grass but be sure to make sure it is consistent time outdoors. This is the simplest way to include grounding, but if that’s not realistic for you, you can use a grounding system. That can come in the form of a sheet, mat, patches, wristbands, and ankle bands, and connect to a grounded outlet. By connecting to this grounded outlet, you’re connecting to mother earth.

 Why does grounding work?

One of the theories is that our skin contact with the earth allows electrons to spread into the skin as well as the body, which thereby impacts immune markers.

 Another research article on Grounding and Inflammation shared in their abstract:

“Multi-disciplinary research has revealed that electrically conductive contact of the human body with the surface of the Earth (grounding or earthing) produces intriguing effects on physiology and health. Such effects relate to inflammation, immune responses, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

The purpose of this report is two-fold: to

1) inform researchers about what appears to be a new perspective to the study of inflammation, and

2) alert researchers that the length of time and degree (resistance to ground) of grounding of experimental animals is an important but usually overlooked factor that can influence outcomes of studies of inflammation, wound healing, and tumorigenesis.

Specifically, grounding an organism produces measurable differences in the concentrations of white blood cells, cytokines, and other molecules involved in the inflammatory response. We present several hypotheses to explain observed effects, based on current research results and our understanding of the electronic aspects of cell and tissue physiology, cell biology, biophysics, and biochemistry. An experimental injury to muscles, known as delayed onset muscle soreness, has been used to monitor the immune response under grounded versus ungrounded conditions. Grounding reduces pain and alters the numbers of circulating neutrophils and lymphocytes, and also affects various circulating chemical factors related to inflammation.

 

Their Conclusion

“Accumulating experiences and research on earthing, or grounding, point to the emergence of a simple, natural, and accessible health strategy against chronic inflammation, warranting the serious attention of clinicians and researchers. The living matrix (or ground regulation or tissue tensegrity-matrix system), the very fabric of the body, appears to serve as one of our primary antioxidant defense systems. As this report explains, it is a system requiring occasional recharging by conductive contact with the Earth’s surface – the “battery” for all planetary life – to be optimally effective.”

Read the interesting study here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/

Now how can you implement grounding into your daily life and post workout routine?

By the way… What does Dawn Patrol mean in surfing?

“Riders of the early morning surf welcome the Dawn patrol.  For those unfamiliar with the term, “dawn patrol” refers to a surfer’s arrival to the beach at or just before sunrise.”

We are starting our own DAWN PATROL for Wednesday speed run at Fletcher Cove!!

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