Jogging May Make You Smarter
A new study finds that individuals consistently scored higher
on intellectual tests after embarking on a running program. According
to the study , done by Dr. Kisou Kubota of Nihon Fukushi University
in Handa, Japan, runners scored higher on intelligence tests.
Foot Types And Shoe Fit
Getting fitted with the right pair of running or walking shoes
is a must for comfort, support and to reduce your risk of injury. Most
models of running and walking shoes are now built for nuetral feet,
supinators or pronators. Supinators have a tendency to turn their feet
to the outside while rolling through their stride while pronators have
a tendency to turn the feet inside. Check out your own running form
to determine your foot type. Tread wear on the inside, middle or outside
of your shoe can give you another clue on your foot type. Visit a podiatrist
or a local specialty running store for help on determining your foot
type to make sure you buy a shoe that is build for you.
Hot Summer Training May Require Two Pairs Of Shoes
If you are running or walking in the hot, "dog days" of summer, you
may want to buy two pairs of your favorite running or walking shoes
the next time you visit your running
store. Alternating shoes with each run or walk allows your
shoes to dry out and retain their cushioning and shock absorption ability.
You may also increase the life of each shoe while saving money in the
long run. Remember, after 400-600 miles of wear on each pair, retire
them for a new one. During hot months or intense training times you
may find that replacing them more often will reduce discomfort and injuries
down the road.
Here are a few running form tips for beginners and friendly reminders
for the seasoned runner. Try some of these drills during your next run
to improve your efficiency and stride.
Practice vertical displacement - keep your feet close to
the ground and glide through your stride.
Increase turnover to run faster - Instead of focusing on
opening up your stride, try moving your feet faster to pick up your
pace. Over-striding can increase your chance of injury.
Breathing - when you inhale your stomach should pooch out,
while exhaling your stomach should contract or draw in towards your
Hip action - Your legs should float off your hips during
your stride. Make an effort to relax your hips during your run for
more efficient movement
Arm action - Move your arms at the same speed as your legs
Posture - Maintain good posture by keeping your abs tight
and standing tall