Fascia Care For Your Next Big Race
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What is fascia?
Your fascia is a network of tissue and membranes that connects your entire body together. It’s the layer separating your skin from your muscles, but it’s also found deeper inside your body, too, running through and around your tendons, ligaments, organs and spinal discs.
Why does fascia matter?
Just like your muscles, caring for your fascia will improve your performance while running, not to mention your quality of life in general. Because the fascial system is quite literally everywhere in your body, strengthening it actually strengthens you as a whole. A healthy fascial system is particularly good for runners because it improves the natural springiness and resilience of your body, and it’s essential to your proprioception – the sense that detects where your body is in space.
Check out these important tips for keeping your fascia fit as you train:
• Similar to the rest of your body, your fascia needs to remain hydrated. The best way to maintain hydration goes beyond just by drinking water. Stretching and exercise help with hydrating your fascial system, but only when the movement is varied both in motion and tempo. Instead of repetitive exercises, vary your workout and take frequent breaks to allow your fascia to recover its springiness.
• Pay attention to body-wide myofascial chains, rather than focusing your training on a specific group of muscles. The fascial system connects your whole body, and concentrating too much on one part can potentially erode your joints.
• Use your rebound energy. The fascia helps us spring back when our joints and bodies are compressed. Training to use that energy will keep your fascia strong and elastic.
• Use PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) stretching. This is a big one. PNF is a specific type of stretching designed to help hydrate and strengthen the fascial system. Unlike some other kinds of stretching, it is best done with a partner that can help you move your body in the specific ways your fascia requires.
Whether you’re training for one of Detroit’s upcoming races, or you just want to be a fitter, healthier version of yourself, fascial care will make a huge difference. Function4Life offers a variety of techniques and methods to get you ready for your next race, so stop in for a FREE consultation. You’ll find us downtown in the Detroit Campus Martius WeWork location at 1001 Woodward, Suite 500.