The Human Body is Built for Distance

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Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times highlights recent findings that suggest that humans were built for distance running. Though the prevalence of running injuries implies that the sport is unnatural.

Tara Parker-Pope – The New York Times

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Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times highlights recent findings that suggest that humans were built for distance running.  Though the prevalence of running injuries implies that the sport is unnatural, evolutionary biologists have found that endurance running was a significant component of early-human survival.  As such, several characteristics of humans make us particularly adept at distance running.  In fact, when it comes to long distance running, we can outrun almost any animal.  Parker-Pope’s article proposes that injuries are more a result of overzealous training than natural limitations on stamina.

By: TARA PARKER-POPE

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Published: October 26, 2009

The New York Times

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