In our previous blog, we explored the incredible benefits of earthing and outdoor exercise for the body, mind, and spirit.

Now, let’s dive deeper into the scientific research studies that support these claims and explore how different countries, particularly Japan, recognize the health benefits of connecting with nature.


  1. Inflammation Reduction: A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that earthing can significantly reduce inflammation in the body. Participants who spent time barefoot on the Earth’s surface showed decreased levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation.
  2. Improved Sleep: Research conducted at the University of California, Irvine, demonstrated that grounding the body to the Earth’s surface can improve sleep quality. Participants reported falling asleep faster, experiencing fewer nighttime awakenings, and feeling more refreshed upon waking.
  3. Enhanced Recovery: A study published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examined the effects of outdoor exercise on post-exercise recovery. The findings revealed that exercising in natural environments, such as parks or forests, led to faster recovery, reduced muscle soreness, and improved mood compared to indoor exercise.
  4. Mental Health Benefits: Numerous studies have highlighted the positive impact of nature on mental health. For example, a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that spending time in green spaces was associated with reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.


In Japan, a practice known as “Shinrin-yoku” or forest bathing has gained significant recognition for its health benefits.

Forest bathing involves immersing oneself in the atmosphere of a forest, engaging all the senses and connecting with nature on a deep level.

The Japanese government has even designated certain forests as therapeutic landscapes, promoting their use for relaxation and stress reduction.

Research conducted in Japan has shown that forest bathing can:

  • Reduce Stress: Spending time in forests has been found to lower cortisol levels, a hormone associated with stress. This can lead to reduced anxiety, improved mood, and enhanced overall well-being.
  • Boost Immune Function: Phytoncides, the natural oils emitted by trees, have been found to enhance the activity of natural killer cells in the body, which play a crucial role in fighting off infections and cancer.
  • Improve Cognitive Function: Forest bathing has been shown to improve cognitive function, including attention, memory, and problem-solving skills. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals experiencing mental fatigue or burnout.


Beyond Japan, many countries around the world have recognized the health benefits of earthing and exercising outdoors. For instance:

  • South Korea: The South Korean government has established healing forests, known as “Jangseung healing forests,” where individuals can engage in various activities to promote physical and mental well-being.
  • Finland: Finland has a concept called “Everyman’s Right,” which allows people to freely access and enjoy nature. This recognition of the importance of nature in daily life has contributed to Finland consistently ranking among the happiest countries in the world.
  • United States: The National Park Service in the United States actively promotes outdoor activities and encourages people to connect with nature for improved health and well-being.


As the scientific evidence continues to mount and countries worldwide recognize the healing power of nature, it’s clear that earthing and outdoor exercise offer incredible benefits for our bodies, minds, and spirits.

Whether it’s grounding ourselves by walking barefoot on the Earth’s surface or immersing ourselves in the tranquility of a forest, connecting with nature is a universal practice that can enhance our overall well-being.

So, let’s join the global movement and make a conscious effort to incorporate earthing and outdoor exercise into our lives.

The Earth is waiting to nurture and heal us – all we have to do is step outside and embrace its embrace.

If you have any further questions or need more guidance, feel free to reach out.

Taoist saying, “We are nature and nature is us”.

With aloha,
Coach Michael