Evolved to Run

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born to runNo matter where you are you’ll find people that say they can’t run because they just weren’t built for it. They either have collapsed arches, knee pain, back problems, you name it, there’s always something biologically holding them back from hitting those trails.

New Research Shows That Biology Is All on Running’s Side

Dr. Lieberman, an evolutionary biology professor at Harvard has spent years studying how and why the human body has evolved the way it has. In his research, he has found that modern humans have evolved from Neanderthals with the distinct purpose of long distance running.

Our Heads Were Designed For Running

To look at a Neanderthal and a modern human, everything would look the same except the neck up, but there you would find a whole host of differences. We have a different jaw for chewing different foods, and various other different facial features, but the most interesting difference is the way our neck is designed to keep our heads still while we ran.

By having a still head, we were able to chase our prey and still be able to see everything clearly ahead of us. And by evolving to run on two feet we were able to control our breathing, allowing us to do aerobic activity for longer amounts of time.

Running Can Keep You From Sickness

Dr. Lieberman equates most of the ailments that afflict the modern human to living a life that their bodies weren’t designed to live. In fact, hunter-gatherers who live similar lifestyles that our ancient ancestors lived find that they aren’t afflicted with osteoporosis, cancer, myopia, fallen arches or back pain. They don’t even have a problem with impacted wisdom teeth or cavities because of the diet they eat.

This research supports the movement that people are trying to make toward a lifestyle that is what their bodies were made for. Instead of listening to advertisement and the media to tell them how they should lead their lives, they’re listening to what has been working for millennia.

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