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Born to walk

“Walking is man’s best medicine” (Hypocrates) - Discover more about the health benefits of walking for your whole body.
Jogging is a hybrid gait comprising some elements of walking and some of running.
There are still many that believe the heel-toe pattern is not how our ancestors used to walk, especially when barefoot. Walking (even barefoot and in sandals) is a heel-toe gait.
The evolutionary drive to minimise energy cost seems to have been ignored by modern proponents of forefoot walking. This piece will dispel the myth that humans are evolved to walk on the forefoot.
Effective and efficient energy transfer is nature’s first principle of design. It is evident in all biological systems and structures, as well as the behaviours they facilitate.
Running-related injury rates are between 30% and 80% annually; the knee being the most common site of injury. This prevalence has promoted research into possible mechanisms and solutions.
Structural disorders of the foot cause pain, mobility problems and decreased quality of life affecting over 60% of older adults. Deformity of the great toe is the most common disorder.
Ageing is an inevitable process in all biological systems. Physical activity (being nimble) seems to be the key to pressing the pause and even the rewind button.