Fit For Life: How To Make That Run Less Painful
Saturday, June 08, 2013
The most problematic issue with today’s runners is excessive heel strike. This is due to the excessive padding and elevated cushion heel in today’s high-tech running shoes. By wearing this type of shoe, you inhibit proprioception (your body’s sense of its own position, balance and movement). Seventy percent of that feedback comes from pressure receptors, mostly located in the feet, resulting in reduced sensory feedback, and therefore limits the quality of movement and core stability. Due to this and poor posture, 80% of runners suffers injury every year when they practice poor form. On a repetitive basis, you compound dysfunction and probability of injury.
So my question is, why do it when it hurts, and most are not very good at it? And to top it off, the people that are actually good at it with ease of stride and perfect form look thin and frail. Long steady bouts of this type of exercise actually downsizes your heart capacity making it economize its power so you can go longer. You never push your heart to utilize its reserve capacity, therefore never making it stronger only more efficient. I suggest running sprints or doing high intensity interval training. It's more fun, less chance for injury, and you will get in better shape. Look at a sprinter’s body if you don't believe me. They are aesthetically much more appealing than most marathoners. I am not telling people that love to run to stop, just follow my philosophy: if it hurts, stop doing it.
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