How Your Arms Make Your Running Heavy And Breathing Difficult

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If you want to run lighter, breathe easier when you run and reduce the risk of injuries think about your arms. What you do with your arms, where they’re going, how they’re moving and everything in between.

I explain in the video and also show how your arm direction affects your running, making it heavy and it also affects your breathing.

When your arms cross your body midline the following happens:

  • your shoulder start to curl inwards
  • that leads to the chest closing up
  • which compresses the chest and rib cage
  • that leads to difficult breathing
  • your alignment is also off as the shoulders drop forward
  • your hips fall back
  • your general centre of mass in behind you
  • your lower back takes a lot of pressure
  • your lower back is sore

To avoid this chain reaction you arms should move forward, and your elbows lightly brushing your body.

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Running Technique – Body Alignment And How It Affects Performance

Posture and body alignment are 2 topics you will hear me speak about very often. Why? Because a body out of alignment is weak. In the video I used 3 pots to make my point.

If any part of the body is out of alignment the body is an unstable and weak position. That being said the body is a moving system, so there will be movement, you cannot stiff up when you run either. However, movement and misalignment are different.

 

The correct body alignment, even if you lean slightly from the ankles (using gravity for forward movement) your body should be aligned, possibly at an angle, this way:

Imagine a STRAIGHT LINE from EAR to SHOULDER to HIP to ANKLE (in front of the ankle). 

That is what you want to keep throughout your run, walk, and pretty much anything you do. Again, there will be a slight movement of the joint, obviously, because the body is not glued together. In the same time you also need to relax. Having good alignment by stiffening the body will not be any better.

Sure your head won’t fall off as in the video, however you can clearly see how unstable the body is when out of alignment. When the body is unstable muscles will compensate for others which are not doing their job, joints will be put through more pressure than needed, injuries may take place in time and energy will be wasted.

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Shoulder, Neck And Back Pain – Why You Are In Pain

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This is probably one of the most common reasons we experience shoulder, neck or back muscle pain.

Your body always tries to bring itself back into alignment. When you look at your phone, walking down the street typing, hunching over your computer, or simply walking or running bending from the hips, you back muscles will activate, or engage to pull the body back into alignment.

If the body doesn’t come back into alignment, those muscles stay activated and, in time, this is what leads to muscle strain.

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Why Your Low Back Pain Keeps Coming Back

Many people approach me saying they experience low back pain, they have therapies and treatments but the pain is still coming back. There is a reason that happens and I will explain in here.

Firstly, you must ensure your low back pain is not cause by specific conditions such as a result of an accident, a problem with discs or any specific reason. Your doctor or GP will say it’s “non-specific low back pain”.

This means it’s mechanical pain, which can be caused by poor posture, lack of physical movement, flexibility and mobility (in other areas of the body not only around your lumbar region), sitting for long hours and particularly in a bad position, and in general placing a lot of pressure on your body which ends up being too much and causes pain. You’ve got the idea.

If it’s mechanical lower back pain then this article is relevant to you.

 

Here are a few reasons your lower back pain keeps coming back:

1. You fail to practice the movements your physio gives you. I don’t blame you, they are boring, but hey they work.

2. You do what you therapist recommends but:

A) you are not consistent – so you lose the benefits you initially gained

B) there is no progression – your body gets used to the exercises and does not respond to them anymore

3. The source of the pain has not been identified. Your pain can come from the position of your feet. It can come from how you sit and stand daily (your physio doesn’t know what you do when you are not there and they don’t have time to check on you and repeat 100 times the same advice). Your pain can come from certain tight or shortened muscles in the body. And it can be from how you walk, run, squat, lift and so on so forth. Your therapist cannot see all these elements.

4. The source of the pain has been identified but you are not aware of it or don’t fully understand it. If you,, the patient, do not understand where this pain comes from you will fail to comply with what your therapist advises you to do. This is how the mind works. We need to understand why we do the things we do, that will motivate us to do them and be consistent.

5. You stop moving because of pain. I don’t blame you. When you are in pain you don’t feel like doing anything. However, if it’s non-specific low back pain, not moving can make it worse. Movement is essential to reduce pain in the body. Sounds counter intuitive but it’s true.

 

Your therapist knows what they are doing, they are qualified. But they are not coaches. They simply do not have the time to keep you accountable, to work with you long term. This is a coach’s job. To ensure continuous support for your recovery

 

The Merisoiu Technique has been designed to help people like you reduce pain in the body and reduce the risk of it coming back. We strive to get your body fully functional and unleash your true physical potential.

We use movement patters we have evolved to perform (Natural Human Movement) and Martial Arts elements (similar to Tai Chi or Chi Gong) to enable you to solve your problems.

Furthermore, we keep in touch with you through calls, emails, texts, online programmes, in between the sessions to ensure you are consistent with the habits and get the results.

Moreover The Merisoiu Technique is designed to bring movement in your daily life. It’s a lifestyle not a fitness regimen.

The Merisoiu Technique is much more profound than fitness. It’s a true way of living life.

 

Do you suffer with low back pain?

Do you spend loads of money on therapies?

Does it keep coming back?

It’s time to stop, and break the vicious circle.

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What Is The Correct Body Alignment

Alignment there, alignment here, I talk a lot about body alignment. And for good reason.

I was looking at my 8 year old nieces when I took them ice skating. It was their first time on the ice and they were simply naturals. They kept their balance so well, and naturally knew how to move their feet. I don’t know why I was there. Adults, on the other hand, had problems keeping their feet under their bodies. They learn but it takes longer, and their are very unbalanced.

Looking at them I see the correct body alignment. Natural for the kids, un-natural for the adults. We are born with all sorts of abilities, however, when we start sitting more than moving, and stop moving muscles, joints, body awareness goes into “hibernation”. Through Natural Human Movement we wake up those muscles and help the body remember it’s natural abilities, moving the body the way it was designed to move.

 

Why is correct body alignment important

 

Firstly, many of the pains, even chronic pains, are a result of habitual movements over a longer period of time, as well as other factors. Now, we don’t talk about health conditions or fractures, for example. Rather lower back pain, knee pain, ankle pain, shoulder pain.

Constant tension and body misuse, over a period of time, can lead to chronic pain

Second, running, walking, or moving in any way with an incorrect alignment can increase risks of injuries, and perpetuate older injuries.

Third, incorrect body alignment can strain certain muscles, and weaken others.

Fourth, strained muscles will affect your posture and your skeletal system, it can literally deform your skeleton; it may not be visible but it happens, think scoliosis, one of the most obvious situations of incorrect body alignment.

 

How to align your body correctly 

In an article I can only give you the basics of correct body alignment. However, if you apply these elements to everything you do it will make a huge different in time.

Whether you are running, squatting, standing or walking remember the following points:

  1. Feet – roughly hip width apart, toes facing forward
  2. The Tripod – each of your feet form a tripod with the big toe + little toe + heel; focus on keeping this tripod on the ground at all times
  3. Soft knees – not necessarily bent, but soft; it’s very subtle
  4. Bucket of water – imagine your hips like a bucket of water; align your hips so you don’t spill water forwards or backwards
  5. Core – if your hip, the bucket of water, is aligned then your core (you will feel it in the abdominal muscles) will be slightly contracted
  6. Shoulders and years are aligned
  7. Straight line from your ears to your shoulders to your hips to (approximately) the front of the ankles 

 

These are the basics in a standing position. If you have any questions on body alignment or want to try one of The Merisoiu Technique sessions contact me.