Benefits of Running

Running has been a big casualty of becoming a Dad. Running is not something you can do in the vicinity of your children, unlike say, yoga, because its not stationary. And going for a run is nicest during the day, but during the day is when you want to spend time with your kids. After everyone has gone to bed, and its dark outside, I’m less inclined to go for a run. I ran for a bus today and not that it was hard, but it wasn’t as easy as it has been.

I’ve run a few 10k’s in recent times but the last half-marathon I ran was in 2016. How is it already 2020? I’d like to get half-marathon fit again this year so I think I’ll go search for a race that I can take part in.

Theodosius Dobzhansky stated, “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”. And we have evolved to be endurance athletes. The homo sapien is very much the running ape. Running is the most species specific exercise there is. In 1984 the Stanford Runners Study took 538 runners, and 423 non-runners that were otherwise healthy to use as a control group. All 961 people were over 50. Twenty years later the running group had a 20% lower mortality rate and a 50% lower disability rate than the control group of non-runners.

The benefits of running include:

  • Stronger heart
  • improved circulatory system
  • improved immune system
  • better muscular – skeleton system
  • improved digestion

Lace up and get out there.

New Vivos ready for 2020



New Year’s Resolution

My New Year’s resolution, to keep moving. I went for my first run of 2016 today in the Phoenix Park. The phoenix seems an appropriate metaphor, a new you emerging from the ashes of the old.

I quit the gym a few years ago and decided to focus instead on movement, bodyweight exercises, and running. Why? Because I realised that even with all my gym sessions, I still lived a mostly sedentary lifestyle. The main culprits behind my (and everyones) lack of movement include: reduced amountĀ of active human transport (walking, cycling), increased sedentary leisure pursuits at home (television and computer based activities) and increased amounts of seated desk based office work.

The Lancet published a series of papers based on national statistics from around the world which stated that globally, 40% of individuals with cardiovascular disease, diabetes or cancer, failed to achieve the minimum recommendations for health of 150mins/week of moderate-intensity physical activity. In high income countries in Europe and North America, this figure rose to 70%.

My goal is to maintain where I’m at now, and to try and increase the types of complexity of the movements I do. I’m a million miles away from the abilities of the people that inspired my current training, Rene Borg, Jason Kehoe, and Ido Portal, but my advice is to focus more on the process, not the end goals. If you stick to the process, you’ll achieve your goals eventually, but if you set yourself goals within unrealistic timeframes, it can be disheartening if you miss them. Set yourself some 2016 goals, create a process to achieve them, and get to work.

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Phoenix Park




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