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Foot Facts

Wondering what all the noise of the foot is all about? Here are just a few facts to consider : - The human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and multiple tendons that allow it to move. - 1/4 of all your bones are down in your feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of the body. - While walking your body is subject to 1-1.5 times your body weight and while running these forces increase to 3-4 times your body weight. Your foot, being the first point of contact, is the first to absorb these shocks. - During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, equivalent to an average of...

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Evidence that short foot works!! AND proof that Barefoot Training is applicable across all sports, not just running.

This is a message from the mother of my young pro golf client (just turned 12!). His golfing coach, who has been working on Raghav's swing for long, has shared his observation. Raghav is flat footed. I taught him the short foot exercise a couple of weeks back and asked him to practise it daily. Am thrilled at the results, more so because this young champ followed my instructions. His drive to excel will take him far. He is already playing (and winning) several championships. His younger brother Vaibhav is just 8. He can already hold the plank for more than a minute making it look so effortless. He too has started playing golf and wants to be a winner like his bro!...

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Core!

There is so much noise about the core and core training. What is it? Why is it so importan? CORE is much more than the frenzied twitter of six packs of some or the grocery bag that hangs around the midrif of many. It consists of 29 pairs of muscles spanning the abdomen, the back & the pelvic/hip area. It's more like a big cylinder structurally that plays a key role in stabilizing the body and help generate force for functional movements. It extends far beyond the abs, including almost everything except your arms and legs. Many core muscles are hidden deep within the external musculature people typically train. These are equally responsible for motor control and function as they are for stability, strength and flexibility....

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What is the single most important muscle for movement and locomotion

Before you answer that, pause and think – does your answer also apply to “blade runners”, double above-the-knee amputees and those with prosthetic legs? So if you thought of hamstrings, quadriceps, calves and such, how do these inspiring performers do it? If you thought (or now think) core, you are not off the mark. But the question is locomotive muscle or primary mover muscles. It’s the gluteal muscles – the muscles of the buttock! Not only do these muscles define the shape of the derriere, they are the powerhouse that generates the maximum propulsive force needed for locomotion.For cursory understanding, the gluteal muscles are actually a set of 3 – Gluteus maximus, medius and minimus. The Gluteus Maximus is the largest and strongest of the...

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Lots of questions pertaining to running

Bangalore Marathon Expo. Lots of questions pertaining to running - training, injuries, gait, foam rolling, stretching and performance improvement. Common observations across cities - many training for running by simply running; very little awareness of need for structured strength training and strengthening specifically for the demands of running; lack of a good stretching regimen & foam rolling (most don't know what a foam roller is!); confusion about types of foot strikes (specially mid-foot strike)- fueled by exposure to such terms but no guidance and clarity (result - a confused gait and a confused mind); practically everybody thinks they are pronated and need special shoes; misconception about what shoes can and cannot do. If your foot and gait show deviations from neutral,it requires correction and focused...

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Vani B Pahwa Today at 9:23 AM A suggestion after seeing so many runners and addressing their issues : KEEP IT SIMPLE.So many are confused after reading articles, watching videos and listening to suggestions coming from well meaning friends about the act of running! There is definitely a science to running but it is also an art!Just a few handy tips to make life easier and take some of that runner's load off:1) Running with your natural gait is often far better than making a mess of it by attempting to do what you have heard is "right" or "best".2) "Best" is often what comes naturally to you.  "Right" is relative in reality. Control force exertion and absorption and improve upon your natural style rather than try and...

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YOGA – A journey within

And that's the beauty and universal appeal of Yoga. It is not dictated by parameters, performance and display. Yoga centers within to quietly awaken, strengthen and unleash the bond between body and mind in the most primal and complex manner simultaneously. It's about an intense journey, a continuous learning, a way of life, not acrobatic goals.It demands immense focus to get the body to yield. It flows and holds static much like life itself. Every movement has meaning. It never leaves the practitioner untouched. While some modern programs are only now realizing the importance of cuing and breathing, Yoga stems from the breath cycle and the breath cues the flow. It's subliminal effects are not by accident. It cleanses the body and soul while at...

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Keep it simple

Recently read an article that caustically pointed out the tendency of trainers to unnecessarily complicate terms and overuse/misuse them in a bid to capture/impress an audience. I agree. This tendency is not restricted to the world of health and fitness alone, however. Some time ago I had written about the "corporatization of language" in general. Too much to express too little, the ever growing habit of trying to reinvent an existing concept in a "new"/"first time ever" and similar avatars, and the constant need to sound intelligent and a path breaker. It never ceases to amaze me how much disposable income people have to readily lap up stuff that will "set them apart". The more expensive it is , the better the chances it will...

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