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Book Review: Born to Run by Chris McDougall

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After being on hold at the library for a couple of months, I recently had the chance to read the book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Chris McDougall.

http://bisnisbajumu.com/tag/grosir-kemeja-anak-guess First off, the book was fantastic. McDougall presents a lot of great information tied in with dramatic races and manages to keep you engaged on every page. The information he presents about our evolution as a running people and the role of the foot as a mechano-barro receptor during locomotion is comprehensive and informative. Though I found the whole book to be enjoyable, there were a few points I found particularly interesting.


Safe Xanax Online McDougall discusses at great length the role of the foot in locomotion. 26 bones linked with an intricate web of muscles, tendons, and ligaments; the foot functions to transfer force from the ground to the body and vice-versa in order to create movement. While proper function of the foot is absolutely vital to efficient and effective human movement, dysfunction of the foot is an all too common problem which radiates and alters movement patterns elsewhere in the body.


McDougall discusses the willingness of most specialists to resort directly to orthodics instead of seeking alternate methods for improving function of the foot. McDougall maintains that we must treat the structures and muscles of the foot just like the rest of our body, and that we must stress these structures in order for them to properly develop and adapt to our needs. By consistently relying on orthodics and arch supports instead of attempting to develop natural arches and support through strengthening the muscles of the foot, we are addressing the symptoms and not the problem, opening ourselves to further injury.

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McDougal points out that it is foolish to believe that 200,000 years of nature needs to beoverridden and corrected by 30 years of science. Maybe, just maybe nature knew what it was doing, and is capable of protecting itself. Our bodies have optimally adapted for survival for thousands of years, is it so hard to believe that they can figure out an efficient method for movement without padded souls and arch supports?
Instead, McDougal suggests that we should rely on as little artifical support as possible. We should only rely on footwear as protection from rough surfaces such as rocks and concrete but not as a means for correcting and improving function.
The muscles of our foot form the arch, a miracle structure of engineering which strengthens as stress on the structure increases. If we immediately turn to orthodics, we elminiate the need for our muscles to strengthen and instead allow them to weaken, opening ourselves up to further injury.

We all fall victim to marketing far too often. We consistently believe that the talking heads at Nike really have our best interest at heart, when in reality they play to our sense of vanity, selling us fashionable shoes for overinflated prices instead of mechanically sound footwear. Almost every pair of shoes on the market is designed with padded heels, encouraging us to land on our heels when we stride, which is exactly how we DO NOT want to run. Landing on your heels is like putting the brakes on with every stride, and opens you up injury. McDougall provides some insightful background into the design and production of the original Nike shoes, created by Bill Bowerman, then the coach of the Oregon Track team. Bowerman’s idea was that by padding the heels, we might be able to lengthen our strides by extending at the knee and landing on our heels. Pretty much single handedly trashing the knees of millions of Americans for years to come.

McDougall also discusses a scientific search that took place over decades trying to answer one important question. Why would homo sapiens have evolved to locomotion on two legs when everything on four legs is faster. In times when every living being ran either to catch food or to avoid being food, why evolve to a slower method of transport? After decades of brain wrenching, the answer occured to one scientist. OXYGEN. By becoming bi-peds, homo sapiens became better able to manipulate and utilize their oxygen source more efficiently, compared to quadrupeds who must forcefully inhale and exhale with every stride cycle. Quadrupeds also rely on respiration to cool themselves, whereas homo sapiens developed sweat glands allowing for temperature regulation non-reliant on respiration.

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http://tamaralounge.com/?y=Buy-Xanax-Uk-Forum&85a=a0 I found the ideas presented by McDougall be insightful and thought provoking. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys running for recreation, competes in running sports, or works with athletes who tack on high mileage every week.

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