That's the famous line I started telling people after the book "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall came out which told the story of Barefoot Ted, Caballo Blanco, Scott Jurek, Jenn Shelton, Ann Trason, and their experience running with the Tarahumara Native Mexican tribe in the Mexican Copper Canyons. That book discussed barefoot running, ultra marathons, and how everyone is born to run. I want you to understand that you are born to run without injuries, without pain, without strain, and without stress. Your body is designed perfectly.
Running is supposed to be fun!
Running is supposed to feel good!
Running is supposed to be easy!
All children experience the joy of running but many people quickly lose this because we lose our design posture. Many children lose good posture by the time they are 7, 8, or 9 years old because they are sitting at school, sitting in cars, sitting at home watching TV and playing video games, specializing in sports, and slouching over iPads, iPods, and iPhones.
Many people can remember running as a child being fun and easy, but by the time you were a teenager, young adult, or in your 40s running became painful, hard, and labored. You just thought you weren't born to run, or the pounding had caught up with you, or you were just getting old.
While these are statements that running and fitness magazines, friends and neighbors, healthcare practitioners, and orthopedic doctors will agree with, I believe them to all be myths and untrue. We were all born to run. Anthropologists and human evolutionary biologists have shown that humans evolved to run and that running is what helped the human species survive and thrive. Research has shown that the pounding of running is actually a good thing as it strengthens our bones, muscles, and cartilage making it more resilient. Our bodies do not have an internal clock that can tell the difference between 40 and 50. Our bodies do not know how old we are.
The key to running pain free and having running feel easy, fun, and good is maintaining good body posture and alignment. When our body posture is compromised running is heavy, hard, and hurts. When our body posture is vertically aligned running is easy, light, fun, and pain free.
This warm-up and cool-down routine is a good way to keep running feeling good. If you currently have pain or are recovering from injury, contact me today for a free posture evaluation and consultation and I'll help get your body aligned and ready to run pain free again!
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