Can Fitness Experts Tell You How To Run? Relying On Others Can Be A Treacherous Path To Injury.
One thing we can all agree on is that running is a natural and fluid form of movement. We evolved as natural long distance runners hunting and gathering our food. But how to run is a whole different story. Fitness experts all have their opinions on the best way to run.
They all have their angle on fore-foot, mid-foot or heel strike and body form. They do seem to agree on the soft landing though, no matter what the actual form of the landing is.
This article covers different viewpoints of some of these experts. We believe that each runner needs to find their own form that works best for their body. Each of us is built slightly differently and you need to recognize that. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to foster and develop your mind-body connection so that your own body can tell you what works and what doesn’t for you.
Avoid injury by not trying to shoehorn yourself into one particular method. Try different methods to find what works for you. As mentioned in the article, be wary of one-size-fits-all methods. Try different methods by easing into them slowly, paying attention to your body’s movements and avoiding things that cause ‘bad pain’ (versus the ‘good pain’ of developing muscles).
Work on getting your body into alignment and to have more muscle control for better precision in your movements. We covered another method you can try in this article.
Read more about the foot strike debate here.
NEW YORK: Humans may be born to run but fitness experts differ on exactly how to embark on what has been called the most natural cardiovascular workout.
Some chase one ideal form, others work with the body’s individual flow, but all praise the soft landing.
For Dr. Nicholas Romanov, a Miami-based sports scientist, two-time Olympic coach and creator of the Pose Method, running is a teachable skill requiring clean, precise movements.
Romanov said to assume a precise running pose, fall into gravity and pull back into the pose to re-establish a natural process that has been perverted by poor coaching and harmful shoes.“It’s not my standard, its nature’s standard,” said Romanov, who describes running as controlled falling. “Pain is the penalty for violating nature. When you’re going against gravity, it all crashes [down].”
Dr. Heather K. Vincent, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine supports the forward lean, lifted knees and rapid foot turnover encouraged by the Pose Method, but remains wary of its one-size-fits-all form.
“We try to encourage control, strength. I’m not sure you can fit a running style to all bodies,” said Vincent, director of University of Florida Sports Performance Center.
“It feels more like shuffling at first,” said Vincent, who trains clients in jump-rope jumping and jogging to foster the forward lean, knee lift and proper shoulder-hip-ankle alignment.
Her recent report for the American College of Sports Medicine recommended zero-drop running shoes, which allow forefoot and heel to be the same distance from the ground because they foster safer running mechanics, shorter strides and forefoot landing.
“I don’t believe everyone should be forefoot landing but everyone should land softly,” she said.
Connecticut-based running coach Tom Holland believes if you want to be a really good runner, you just run.
Holland thinks most injuries result from doing too much too soon, not from heel striking, and he believes in landing lightly.
SOURCE: Dorene Internicola at Reuters
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