Barefoot Running

A while back I read an interesting article about the Tarahumara in Mexico and their running style. Seems they are widely reputed for there ability to run for extreme distances. They are known to run hundreds of miles, or for days on end. More amazing than that though, is the fact that they do it all barefoot. No hi-tech Nike’s for them, just the amazing machine that is the human foot.

The basic style is that you run on the balls of your feet instead of landing on your heels and rolling to your toes. Modern shoes prevent running on your toes, unless you are perhaps at a full sprint. Interestingly, the barefoot running style allegedly also helps prevent many common running related injuries. People who run barefoot generally have fewer problems with shin splints, ankle problems and knee problems.

Vibram FiveFinger KSO

Recently I started mulling over the concept again, and wondered what a shoe would look like that allowed you to run as though you were barefoot, but still gave you some protection. I played with the idea a bit, and then searched to see if anyone had made it yet. Turns out the awesome people at Vibram beat me to it with the Five Finger.

I haven’t been able to jog in about a year, because of back problems that are aggravated by the impact of traditional jogging styles. Wearing these shoes, though, I have been able to run 10x as far and still no back pains. Best. Purchase. Ever.

IANAMD, but if you cannot run because of chronic pains in your ankles/knees/back then perhaps you should give them a shot.

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Americans Love Being Fat

For far too long American’s have been obese. In fact, until recently, America was the #1 fattest country in the world. In a culture that should be enlightened enough to realize that girth does not equate to wealth, it seems that people still think that “being heavy” is acceptable, if not a little desirable. Numerous times, people have said to me, “You’re too skinny” or “Eat a hamburger!” Yet, I am still technically over weight!

Our culture has BRAINWASHED itself into thinking that BEING FAT is NORMAL! Does this make any sense? Fat people have shorter lives, suffer poorer health, and have less energy than do people in good condition. Why would anyone accept a lesser life when presented with opportunity to be healthy? Several explanations jump to mind: laziness, apathy, masochism. Unless they have a serious issue that is effecting their health in general, there is absolutely no reason for this. And no obesity is not some sort of disability. If it is, its only on so much as stupidity.

Many of the few that actually realize that their state is not optimal, nor desirable choose to try to better themselves, however pitifully it is. Not all, but many seem to just not realize how the body works. They think just by eating less, or eating almost an arbitrary selection of food will help them lose weight. This might work for a lucky few, and by “lucky few” I mean about 0.0001% of those who try, which effectively makes it an urban legend. The real key here is to actually exercise. I’m not referring to the TV gimmicks of dancing around with some strange contraption for 20 minutes a day. No, actual exercise. Running, biking, swimming, jumping rope. And do it for at least 1 to 2 hours per day. Drastic? No. How much TV does the average American watch per day? Probably more than 1 to 2 hours, during which time they are likely getting fatter.

Another issue that is holding back our sad and inept fellow Americans is the bureaucracy. This isn’t an attack on corporate America. Its an attack on human nature, because bureaucracy is an extension of human nature. Companies put all sorts of unhealthy material in food: high fructose corn syrup, caffeine, trans-fats, etc. They put these in there for two reasons. One, its cheaper. It saves them money so they can put out more product and gain more profit. There is nothing wrong with this, its the way capitalism works. Deal with it. Two, it makes the consumer want the unhealthy product more. The problems with this are so obvious they hardly need to be pointed out. The real problem is when these companies push to make these chemicals legal. High fructose corn syrup for example is the sweetener in almost 90% of the food the average American consumes. This chemical is little used outside of America because of the health hazard that it creates. There are actually healthy alternatives to HFCS that are used throughout the world, but are illegal in the US. The FDA banned them for being hazardous in spite of the fact that there were no documented health risks. The reasons, presumably are to protect corn farmers and keep money in the US. This seems to fall outside of the FDA’s jurisdiction. And the most important reason: HFCS suppresses the bodies natural ability to feel satiated after eating. It inhibits the stomach and convinces the brain to keep eating. Rampant consumerism is the answer.

In recap, most fat people are brainwashed victims of their own stupidity and need to read some information about health, look at the outside world, stop eating fast food, and above all else turn off the TV and exercise.

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