Range of motion

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There are too many people getting hurt. The fault is usually unintentional. That is why I am a holistic athlete!

What this means is, that in spite of all the hype about pushing your limits, I am injury-free because I know my limits.
This does not mean my flexibility should not be improved. This does not mean I do not need to strength-train.
However, my range of motion is something that needs to be tended, day in and day out, as long as I live.
Connective tissue does not replace itself as quickly as muscle.
Joints need ligaments that are supple, not stiff or tight.
Loosen up people!
A holistic athlete is first and foremost health-conscious.
You’re going to be a lot happier if you take your time, take it easy, take it slow,
if you plan on getting to the athletic goals that you are dreaming to go! 

Musically yours,

Amy Zents

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Training and Gear

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l attended a talk last night about running. The theme was From couch to 5K.

The talk was informative.

l found out most injuries happen to beginning runners. No big surprise there.

ln fact, the 2 biggest problems come from inadequate training & inadequate gear.

Folks make poor choices when buying running shoes, mainly people buying a half-size too small of a shoe, or else they don’t buy a new pair when the shock absorption in their shoes is shot. After 5 miles of running 25% of shock absorption is gone.

Also, their loose-fitting cotton socks don’t wick away moisture, so they get more blisters.

Next, training is where a lot of runners fall down. Their leg & hip & knee muscles are just too weak to support the pounding.

I learned that running hills is one of the easier ways to injure yourself. Did you know running downhill puts 50% more pressure on your joints? A great way to get sidelined if you are not in condition.

Last, but not least, if you can shorten your stride, you will find less pressure is put on your knees, for health and joy in running!

Remember, to get to where you want to go, you have to walk before you can run!
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