I am attending James Earls three day workshop this weekend on Walking, Gait analysis and the role of Myofascia.
In his book Born to Walk he talks of the Myofascia giving a flowing efficiency in walking, and explains why walking around the shops is more tiring than a brisk walk. Something we all feel but didn’t know why.
I will explain more: In ordinary walking there is little change in the length of the muscles themselves (isometric contraction) – it is the elasticity in the fascia which allows lengthening. The fascial tissues recoil like springs giving almost free energy. Whereas when you stop and start walking as in museums or shops the muscles will be shortening and lengthening (concentric and eccentric contractions) which uses more energy…. thus more tiring!
More next week when I have completed the course.
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