One of the most common “go-to” exercises in countless work-out repertoires is the ever popular sit-up. It is an exercise that is ingrained in our minds from elementary school gym class fitness testing through sports team training programs, and even into adulthood when trying to reach the sometimes elusive six-pack abs. But the research reports are in, and this seemingly timeless exercise that has been the staple to many fitness routines has been pushed from its chiseled pedestal and has come crashing down. Let’s talk about why.
Spring has arrived, and with it has come more hours of daylight and time to hit the pavement and enjoy some quality outdoor time to get away from it all, clear your head, and RUN. Whether you’re a new or seasoned runner, these insights on running form and training techniques to avoid injuries and increase quality and quantity of miles is always a plus. The love of running has been engrained in my person since the age of 7 when my Dad started letting me tag along on his evening runs. I started running competitively at the age of 10 and continue to be a part of the running world today as a coach and chiropractor specializing in improving function and movement. To summarize, I love to run. The community, comradery, personal competition, ability to experience nature, and keep moving, are just a few of the reasons I love this sport, pastime, or as some may put it, dreaded form of exercise. I hope these quick tips will make your time spent in running shoes more enjoyable.
As runners, we require very little equipment for this sport. All we need is a trail, maybe a jacket depending on the weather, and some running shoes. But those shoes, oh those shoes. Chosen with great care and a lot of research, numerous pairs of running shoes are tried on and rejected. A select few are taken for a test run. At some point, a consultant at a running store may even study your stride and the build of your foot to determine the best shoe for you. With so much thought put into selecting just the right running shoe it might make you wonder, what are you putting on your feet the rest of the day when you’re not running? Do you put as much care into choosing the shoes you wear off the running course? The pair of shoes worn during your off times has a great impact on your running and can be detrimental to your training even if you always have the ideal running shoe on your foot.
We live in a world of extremes—extreme home makeovers, extreme couponing, extreme diets, extreme paintball—it’s everywhere. Gone are the days of moderation. It’s go big or go home on everything, every day, all day. This new mentality is even evident in the world of youth sports. In the past decade participation in youth sports across the board has soared to include more than 35 million kids between the ages of 7-17 in the United States.