Walking and Exercising on Grass

Walking and exercising on grass; inspired many conversations in the 1950s through 1970s. This was a time period when it was more common for American's to own their home with a good size lawn; sometimes both in front of the house and back.

All of us were highly in favor of it already because every one had independent control; and it was free. Most of our recreational injuries were dampened by it.

Mildred Jackson mentioned that the lawn had a lot of life/force energy. Dogs notice it, and roll in its power.

When you are lying close to the grass has a good effect; but the lungs should be considered in determining whether this overrides the crud from a highly fungus bearing lawn; depending on the environment.

Since grass is silicate, and blades are narrow; one can get cut quickly in a paper-cut fashion. Watch out for streamers; blades running through toes; or fingers.

One great way to absorb the good silicate in grass is to eat it. A human's stomach is usually not geared for digesting just grass; as a cow; and the wear on the teeth have evolutionized a cow's molars with ridges that wear unevenly such that the harder alternating ridges project like mini-mountain peaks that are jagged. .

Best way for the body to absorb silicates is to eat bamboo shoots; raw or cook; since bamboo is a grass.

The leafage of a lawn is silicate. Silicate is the main component of quartz in sand also.

Silicate is great for our connective tissues when eaten. I don't know how much would rub off on foot.

Sandpaper action is great for the feet on the beach or silicate-rich grass lawns.

Pumice stones for rubbing the calluses and soles of the feet have a similar cleaning, invigorating and toughening the soles.

Different grasses work better for lying compared to walking.

The best knowledge resource for selecting and caring for grass; is in the hands of those who care for the private golf courses.

All thick grass can get fungus in it so; probably best to wash off after lying and rolling in it.

Walking on sand, or the thick topsoil of a forest, is a great also. This allows for cushioning of the step, a responsive surface and will leave tracks for reviewing your step.

For example, when one is walking in the snow, the depth that one's step sinks, is not predictable.

Differences in stepping are most apparent when walking in the snow:
  • the step could stay on top of hard packed snow, or ice,
  • one could sink to snow depth, or
  • the step could sink to knee depth or greater.

One should not attach themselves to expecting one depth, or even that the ankle position or bending; will be the same. The angle of the foot after the step, relative to the supporting plane, could be pointing:
  • uphill/ lifted up
  • level/ prone or
  • downhill/ tilted down.

One should not attach themselves to how to hold the foot, since one's point of contact might optimally be:
  • the heel for leaning backwards to prevent forward slide,
  • the flat of the foot for less sinking or
  • the ball of the foot for sinking deeply into the snow.

Since the step is dynamic, it is better not to concentrate on form, or a pre-set way of walking. Every step is different. One should not just see with their mind or eyes, but with their feet, and center. The move becomes part of the seeing, not just a result of it!

Another example; is running in the dark, on a dirt trail, or on the forest floor.

If you were to watch and calculate each individual step, the speed would never be greater than a walk.

Letting your foot feel the surface of the ground; and adjusting accordingly, is to run, without a pre-set form.

When starting a step, one should not commit to a fully extended step, it is ideal to position one's energy and move at half the distance first, since the step could change depending on the surface you are walking upon.

A walking surface might not be as it appears; it could not be as rigid, slippery, or sticky and you might have to adjust the step, as you complete your step from half-completion by:
  • changing direction,
  • stopping the step,
  • shifting your weight,
  • lowering your center of gravity or
  • changing the stride.

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