Cause and effect
The idea of cause and effect sounds reasonable but sometimes it’s nearly impossible for us to identify the cause of a problem we face. We tend to focus on symptoms instead of the cause. A good example most of us might know is when we are fighting a cold: We take pills which makes us feel more easy and comfortable, pills that take away the pain - but do not cure our illness. We are still sick. But hey, we’re runners and not doctors, so let’s change the subject. (Even though we think running might be a good medicine for many problems we are facing).
Many running shoes nowadays come with excessive cushioning and support. Runners have been told for decades that more cushioning and supportive elements in running shoes help our feet to stay healthy and that it is needed to avoid running related injuries such as Runners Knees, Achilles Tendinitis, Hamstring Issues, Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints, Stress Fracture, etc. However, if we take a closer look at injury rates over the last decades we won't see any improvement at all.
Basically runners tend to get injured in 2020 as often as in 1980. Let’s ask the question: Do max-cushioned running shoes with excessive support and motion control elements help us to get rid of running related injuries, or are we only fighting the pain when wearing those shoes?
MORE CUSHIONING AND SUPPORT IN RUNNING SHOES ARE ONLY FIGHTING THE SYMPTOMS OF RUNNING RELATED INJURIES.
A look back to our ancestors might help to answer the question: Sapiens have never been the fastest or strongest species, but still we made our way and survived during the process of evolution. Human beings, were able to hunt down big game, hundreds of thousands of years before the first weapons were ever crafted. With outstanding endurance and team working abilities our ancestors were able to hunt down bigger and much faster animals using nothing but their bare feet. The ancient persistent hunters were able to run ten to thirty miles a day without getting injured. So, what makes running so hard in these days?
The cause for most of our running injuries is linked to our sedentary lifestyle. We have stopped using our body the way we were meant to. Poor posture due to an unbalanced muscle composition and limited joint mobility lead to an unnatural and dysfunctional running form. In most cases, this is the reason for running related injuries. However, many runners try to fix these problems by using highly cushioned and excessively supportive running shoes, which means nothing else than fighting the pain but not the cause for their injury.
In order to stay healthy and pain free in a long term we need to understand the cause for most running related injuries: It is necessary to relearn how to move our body in a natural way. We have to break out of the vicious circle of running related injuries which make us buy softer and/or more structured running shoes which lead to the next running related injury.
THE CAUSE FOR MOST RUNNING RELATED INJURIES IS OUR SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE AND A DYSFUNCTIONAL BODY COMPOSITION. WE NEED TO REESTABLISH A NATURAL MOVEMENT PATTERN IN ORDER TO RUN HEALTHY AND PAIN FREE.
You might ask yourself: Why is a running shoe company telling me this? Are they not interested in selling their shoes? Well, at Newton Running we exist to make every step better. With our lightweight shoes and a minimal drop we put your body in a natural running position. Our responsive midsole and our patented Action/Reaction Technology™ enable you to feel the ground. Allowing the athlete to run with a natural and functional body alignment and adequate proprioception when wearing Newton Running shoes, tendons and muscles become stronger and more flexible over time which leads to a more efficient running from and less injuries.
Of course it is not the shoe alone which allows you regain your ancestral superpowers of pain free running. Every runner should aim to become a complete athlete and work on core strength, mobility and running drills. These workouts are essential and should be part of every training schedule.
NEWTON RUNNING SHOES HELP TO RELEARN A NATURAL RUNNING FORM.