My movement work with my clients starts from a simple premise – we still have the bodies of our ancestors.
To get a sense what is best for our bodies I tell my clients to ask what an aboriginal man or woman would do. Those activities will be less likely to produce injuries and more likely to balance our bodies.
Lifehacker has a post about running like a hunter, which is a way I suggest clients approach running. This post was inspired by a New York Times article explaining how running long distances was a leap we made in our evolution.
The scientific evidence supports the notion that humans evolved to be runners. In a 2007 paper in the journal Sports Medicine, Daniel E. Lieberman, a Harvard evolutionary biologist, and Dennis M. Bramble, a biologist at the University of Utah, wrote that several characteristics unique to humans suggested endurance running played an important role in our evolution.
Most mammals can sprint faster than humans — having four legs gives them the advantage. But when it comes to long distances, humans can outrun almost any animal.
Get primitive – run smart.