I think it is safe to say that modern society looks and feels nothing like what homo sapiens and their closest ancestors were accustomed to during the course of their evolution. A key element of the current status quo is that for the vast majority of people, their lives are defined by the boxes in which they live inside. Just stop and think about it for a minute – you’re probably living in some sort of box, right now… Naturally Engineered
Sweat Science Back in 2010, researchers at Florida State published a study showing that trained distance runner became about 5% less efficient and covered 3% less distance in a time trial if they did static stretching before the run. This was significant because, after a long series of studies showing that stretching compromises strength and power, it was one of the first to look at endurance performance. Now the same researchers have published another study, in the current issue of Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, this time looking at “dynamic” stretching instead of static stretching. Other than the stretching routine, the protocol is exactly the same. The runners spend 15 minutes stretching (or sitting quietly, during the control condition), then run for 30 minutes at 65% VO2max for a running economy measurement, then run as far as they can in the next 30 minutes.