In the book Body School, David Knox lays out the ways movement and form will keep our body healthy, fit and injury free. As a life-long dancer (yoga, jazz and modern) and a martial artist (holding two black belts), David knows a thing or two about movement and form.
Six elements of movement and form
- The general position of arms legs and torso
- The finer alignments of the torso, limbs, hands, feet, neck and head
- How the muscles are used
- How breathing is involved
- The degree to which one can recognize and release unnecessary tension
- One's ability to perform movement in a strong, fluid, controlled manner
Treadmill pros and cons
- Treadmills are easier on your joints.
- Treadmills have handrails for safety.
- Treadmills keep you out of bad weather.
- Treadmills provide a consistent environment.
- Treadmills provide measurement tools such as a heart rate monitor.
- Treadmills often have tvs and magazine/book holders.
- The treadmill does not train you to deal with real world surfaces.
- The handrails can be abused.
- Exposure to different weather can provide health benefits.
- Treadmills can train you to not be aware of your environment when you walk/run outdoors.
- The gadgets on treadmills may not really be valuable and may be inaccurate.
The five considerations on stretching
- How often should you stretch?
- How far should you stretch?
- How should a good stretch feel?
- Should stretches be held statistically for a period of time, pulsed, of constantly extended?
- Does it matter which muscles are stretched first?
The six injury causes
- Repetitive stress
- Range of motion
- Resistance overload
- Changing speed and dynamics