Running is one of the most natural and pure systems for developing balance in your body. There are also a host of other benefits that running can bring to your body and mind, including physical fitness, mood enhancing, stress relief, and an overall feeling of wellbeing.
Humans have been running for a very long time. Our physiology has evolved to be highly specific and highly functional runners.
● In some cases, this means you could actually lose some of your strength and power when you are pushing through your feet on squats and deadlifts.
● A strong base is a strong lift. Running can help to provide you with a strong base of support and elastic-like tensegrity in the feet.
● Slowly moving into more running can be one of the most effective ways to improve your posture and train your muscles to fire properly.
● On top of having an amazing experience, you are conditioning the body to better utilize oxygen and improving your body composition.
● There are really only two basic premises - intensity and duration. Either you run longer at a lower intensity or you run shorter distances at a higher intensity.
● Making progressions is as simple as running longer at higher intensities and working up to greater paces.
● Strengthening your feet to work effectively in a barefoot setting will take time, but the rewards will be drastic.
In the world of strength training, many people are afraid to go running. They fear that, by running, they will lose muscle mass and may forfeit some of their strength.
Does this idea have any validity? In other words, could running really put a damper on your strength returns?
Yes and no.
Running is a type of training that requires the same form of energy that your weight training uses, especially if you’re running at a high intensity or for a very long duration.
So, if you are a strength athlete, you might want to avoid very long distances, as it will put stress on the joints (in excess of your weight training) and it would dissolve some nutrients you need for weight training.
Running for short distances, however, can still provide you with some great benefits.
So, whether you go to the gym, don’t go to the gym, or you’re strength-training, running can benefit you in many ways.
Give those running shoes a workout! Start running today and reap the rewards.