One of the latest trends in the training of athletes and in the fitness industry in general, is the training of balance. Most athletic performance centers and gyms across the country are full of the latest in balance and core conditioning devices such as Swiss-balls, balance boards, dyna-discs, airex pads, foam rollers and many others among the hundreds of devices currently available on the market.
There is a huge “Renaissance” going on right now in the fitness/health industry right now. With the growing popularity of social media and the increase in technological advancements, information is able to spread faster than we ever thought was possible and that is why there is so much rapid change and growth.
This is the third blog post on improving your running technique with Marching and Skipping. This 28 day challenge has a new variation that you perform each day and is meant to be done in order. If you missed Part One and Part Two please click the links and go back and perform those variations first.
By now you should be noticing the benefits of daily marching and skipping and why it’s such a great idea to include in your daily training for improved running form. Not only does it build tremendous coordination between the upper body and lower body, it directly improves the rhythm and timing needed for powerful and safe running. It also builds elasticity in the lower leg tissues which is an adaptation all runners need. So whether you are an endurance runner or short distance sprinter, the variations I have included in this 28 day challenge will make you a more complete and robust athlete.
The 28 different variations will also help improve your physical literacy, which essentially means you will be more well rounded and capable of tolerating more movement variation that the average person. With increased physical literacy comes smoother and more efficient movement which is something all athletes need to strive for.
I hope you enjoy the final 8 variations, (days 20 through 28). Have fun with them and as always, remember that quality trumps quantity. Less is more. Perform any where form 3 to 5 sets of each daily variation.