A gorgeous Florida summer day in Lakes Park to enjoy a walk, run or bike ride! Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
Bruce Springsteen was right in 1975 when he released his best selling song ‘Born to Run.’
The human body is designed to run.
An individual's running form impacts not only his or her run, but nearly all other fitness pursuits as well.
It is an inherent trait passed down from our ancestors.
It’s a method of transportation, a means for hunting and gathering and a natural weight management system.
Some people just do it better than others. An individual's running form impacts not only his or her run, but nearly all other fitness pursuits as well.
When we talk about running form, we’re referring to our posture, or more simply, the way we hold ourselves placing one foot in front of the other.
This sounds simple enough, but poor alignment or inconsistencies in form can lead to injury and inefficiency of movement.
While there is no one magic...
On a recent run, several athletes complained of acute tightness in their chests which I speculated was partly pollen induced and an increase in humidity.
However, upon further examination, I noticed they were breathing very shallowly and part of their weakness was due to good ole laziness of the respiratory muscles.
Correct breathing techniques can help improve performance, delay the perception of fatigue and reduce recovery time … but it takes work.
Research has shown that inefficient breathing and respiratory muscle weakness can lead to a low tolerance of exercise and a misconception of fatigue.
Unfortunately, this misreading of fatigue often leads to prematurely quitting a training session or exercise set and ultimately prevents individuals from breaking plateaus and reaching their goals.
Correct breathing occurs when the volume and rate of oxygen uptake matches the muscle tension for a given activity level.
This means that as intensity or duration of activity increases,...