Running Form. In this article, I’ll be outlining the basics behind running. These demonstrations will show you the correct and incorrect ways to run, as well as different ways to prevent injury.
Running is a method of locomotion that allows humans to move rapidly on foot. Our Ancestors developed an ability to run about 2.6 million years ago, as an adaptation that made hunting more successful. Commonly described as the world’s most accessible sport, running competitively dates back to 776 BCE in the first olympic games. Besides being used for hunting and for olympic sport, there are still a few gaps in the history of running. The first evidence of running as a training technique dates back to the 16th century, where swordsmen ran to build their physical endurance. Fast forward to 19th and 20th centuries, running began to appear again as a training regimen.
The microbiome is a new hot topic in many areas including health and genetics. Most people are not aware of the microbes that coincide with them on a daily basis, however, the body contains over 100 trillion foreign microbial cells. This friendly flora in the gut that helps with processes such as digestion. The microbiome holds many functions and weighs about 3 pounds which is the same weight as the brain.
With the prevalence of antibiotics you should be concerned about the health of your gut.
The squat is one of the most basic and comprehensive exercises we can do for the human body. Not only does it build physical strength in the quads, hamstrings, calves and back, but it increases the resistance and strength of the nervous system along with our overall ability to adapt to change. Naturally squatting is fundamental to our bodies as a resting position, it is helpful in supporting biological functions such as digestion health, and is the natural way for humans to go to the bathroom. While activating nearly every muscle in your body, its movement pattern translates into the structure behind the vast majority of physical activity. Fixing your squat can improve speed, strength, power, coordination, balance, agility and overall athleticism.
Oh the dreaded rest day. Anyone else think like this? Even though you may be exhausted, working out is fun, it’s a part of your day that you can let it loose, hanging out with friends, jam out to some good music, and disconnect from work.
Having a day without this changes up the schedule, and without some structure it could make for a very unproductive, unexciting day. We don’t want this. The days of sitting on your couch and calling it a “rest day” are over. I want to invite you to think about your rest days more as a “Recharge day”