Over the years the philosophy and science regarding stretching has changed dramatically. First, experts said to stretch before exercise; and when you stretch, you should “bounce” or perform a ballistic stretch. Then, they found that ballistic stretching caused injuries to cold muscles, so they decided that it was still important to stretch before exercise– but, stretches should be static, so no bouncing.
I recently read an article posted by a company that sells diet and supplement shakes as well as a training system that is largely based on weight lifting to help people lose weight and achieve a “better looking physique”. The article claimed that “not all exercise will be effective at changing your body to make you look like a fit person.” It claims that the only way to achieve “looking fit” is to do lots of weight training with simple movements repeated again and again.
Shin splints are a common injury characterized by pain along the inside or outside of the shin bone (tibia). The medical term for pain along the inside of the tibia is periostiitis (inflammation of the periosteum) or posterior tibialis tendonitis (inflammation of the posterior tibialis tendon). The periosteum is a sheath of tissue that connects the muscles of the calf to the tibia. The posterior tibialis is a muscle that runs along the tibia deep to the calf muscles and attaches to the inside aspect of the foot and is partially responsible for maintaining the arch of the foot.
Sitting and running in the same topic—how can a connection be made between the two?
Unfortunately, a connection exists, and it’s not a positive one. In fact, sitting is now viewed as a larger problem than once thought, not just for running but for a person’s general health. Many of the metabolic disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity have been linked to prolonged sitting. Even if you workout an hour every day, it’s not enough to counteract the effects of prolonged sitting.
Just about every one who runs has experienced knee pain at one time or another. Whether it’s a mild discomfort, tolerable tightness, or a debilitating sharp pain that side-lines your training, knee pain is frustrating to deal with. This article covers some of the reasons knee pain occurs and some options for correcting the problem.