The adult human has 206 bones linked in a variety of ways (… “the knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone, thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone, the hip bone’s connected to the back bone … ”). Our skeleton literally supports us as we function in the world. While the hinge joint of the elbow allows movement in only one direction, the knee’s hinge joint permits some “swiveling.” The thumb moves across the palm of the hand thanks to a saddle joint, and a pivot joint in the forearm allows twisting of the wrist. The most range of movement, however, is provided by a “ball and socket” joint. The hip, with the head of the femur tucked snugly into the socket of the pelvis, is a perfect example. The hip provides an ideal balance between mobility and stability, and figures prominently in the well-being of runners as well as other bipeds. Continue reading
Category Archives: Health
Last week we left off with descriptions of the Squat Pose and Low Lunge. Today we break down 3 additional poses selected with the specific needs of runners in mind.
Standing Wide Angle Forward Bend: Many people enjoy this pose for no reason other than because it just feels good! Continue reading
“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape!” (author unknown)
Two topics can be counted on to crop up in any conversation between two runners. First, there will be juicy details about the latest run. This will likely be followed by commiserations over the most recent injuries or nagging pains. After all, anyone putting in enough miles can count on experiencing their share of stiff hips and tight quads. Fussy hamstrings or tight calf muscles. Low back tweaks or a random hitch in their gitty-up. Many of these issues are directly attributable to repetitive use; runners get used to living with overuse injuries. Continue reading
Here is your third, and final, set of 10 persuasive reasons to exercise.
- Exercise provides opportunities for social interactions that couch potatoes miss. Sure, watching the Super Bowl is great fun for everyone, but wouldn’t you rather be laughing and trash-talking with friends while tossing the ball and running yourself? Taking a walk with a buddy? Puddle splashing with your kids? Have you considered running or walking to support your favorite charity? There’s a word you used as a child when you wanted some exercise – you called it “play” and, most likely, you “played” with friends! Continue reading
- Although it won’t take care of hot flashes, exercise can help cope with stress and anxiety that often accompanies menopause. Researchers have found that not only do the symptoms of menopause drop with as little as 3 hours a week of exercise, but measures of physical and psychological functioning and positive state of mind actually improve. (We advise friends and partners of menopausal women to exercise, as well, and to always remember that they’re safer teasing a grizzly bear than telling her she’s cranky.) Continue reading
You know you need to do it, so we’re not going to hit you over the head with a zillion reasons why you should “Drop and give us ten!” Instead, we’re going to share just 10 at a time. What follows is the first of 3 sets of 10 reps … Continue reading
One of the reasons many runners chose to be active and eat “right” is to, ostensibly, enjoy many years of wonderfully good health. Isn’t that why we tie up our shoes and step out the door rain or shine, after all? Order a single instead of double scoop of “Chunky Monkey?” Stop after the second drink? Certainly, there’s a pay-off for virtuous living.
But, is there?
- Question: What do four-time Boston Marathon Champion, Bill Rogers, one of America’s best female distance runners, Jody Hawkins, and our favorite Flying Nun, Sally Field, have in common?
- Answer: Osteoporosis. That’s right. And they’re not alone.