Kicking off your shoes and sinking our toes into fresh spring grass is more than just a mood lifter. When we touch the earth with our skin, we absorb “free electrons,” which neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. Free radicals that go unchecked trigger body-wide inflammation and pain. But in one study, being in contact with the earth for 30 minutes a day reduced pain by 50% in six days. Still too cold to go barefoot? Just wear leather-soled shoes, which conduct free electrons nearly as well as skin.
Permission to skip grueling workouts to bolster your bones in favor of having a little fun! It turns out, to encourage healthy new bone growth and stop further bone loss as you age, all you have to do is jump. The impact of simply hopping around for a few minutes coaxes more calcium into bones, which significantly increases bone density and helps prevent painful fractures if you ever take a tumble. For best results, do three sets of 10 hops each day, keeping a sturdy chair nearby for stability if needed.