June 27, 2012


Julie Wilcox Running

Julie Wilcox Running

So much scientific research about all different aspects of health and exercise is being done and written about these days. Part of your journey to living a happy and healthy life of balance and well-being needs to be keeping up with the latest cutting-edge scientific information about fitness, yoga, and food.

In the past couple of days for instance, I have read a few articles with some very interesting information pertaining to running. What have I learned?   Yesterday, in “What Runners Can Learn From Cheetahs,” Gretchen Reynolds of The New York Times suggested that we take a look at fellow animals like the cheetah to enhance our running technique so that we might run faster and more efficiently. On June 25th, I read another interesting piece for runners, “Finding A Sustainable Running Stride,” by Tara Pope of The New York Times. Pope’s article examined a new form of running called Chi Running. The article opened with the following:

“Have you managed to sustain your running routine?

In recent years, the focus in recreational running has not been on achieving faster times or longer distances. Instead, longtime athletes and newcomers alike have been searching for a training method that will keep them from being sidelined by injuries.

And that quest has created a growth industry in sustainable running plans. One increasingly popular method is Chi Running, which combines the fundamentals of proper running form with the principles of the martial art tai chi. The emphasis is on posture, core strength, relaxed legs and mindfulness with every step.”

This piece is quite informative and spoke loudly to me because for a long time since I am a yogi, I have incorporated yogic breathing techniques, core work, and other mind/body injury prevention techniques into my own running endeavors as well as into my other workouts. The yoga techniques have been incredibly effective at increasing my comfort, performance, and the prevention of injury in all areas of my fitness life.

Finally, many of you enjoyed my piece on the benefits of weightlifting. This week, Reynolds also showed up on camera to speak about weightlifting. “In Simple Advice For Better Weight Training,” she converses with a physiologist at McMaster University to capture what the benefits of weightlifting are and how we can employ weights to maximize our use of them. Reynolds has written a lot about weights and fitness in previous articles and in her book, “The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better Train Smarter Live Longer.” I am a huge fan of “The First 20 Minutes,” which I discussed at length in a previous post, “The Health Benefits Of Weightlifting And The New Science That Supports Strength Building,”

There is so much to read and learn to improve your health so that you may gain a better understanding of what exercise works or doesn’t work for you and why. Stay abreast of the health and wellness news. There is a whole new world of information out there for you!


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