The Jawbone Up App gives you little tips everyday. I usually do my best to read them all. I had to read this one a few times to understand what it was talking about, and then I still had to click the "learn more" link to really understand.
So this was interesting. It also may explain why all my injuries have been on my right side.
This section from the main article on Runners world sums it up nicely:
"When your foot hits the ground, the force of impact equals two to three times your body weight, and as research by Utah's Bramble and Carrier showed, the impact stress is greatest when your foot strikes the ground at the beginning of an exhalation. This is because when you exhale, your diaphragm and the muscles associated with the diaphragm relax, creating less stability in your core. So always landing on the same foot at the beginning of exhalation compounds the problem: It causes one side of your body to continuously absorb the greatest impact force of running, which causes it to become increasingly worn down and vulnerable to injury. "
So what to do??
According to this, we need to learn how to breath "so that you will land alternately on your right and left foot at the beginning of every exhalation."
I have a lot of work to do. Not only do I not alternate my inhale/exhale with my foot strike....but I just learned I'm a chest breather. Sheesh!
--> Click Here to read the entire article. It's definitely worth a try to see if this helps.
Now onto bigger issues I see ahead. I think I've mentioned how much Isla loves shoes and jackets already. Well this week she got a purse from Slappy Stuff and she *bleeping* loves it. (Me too it's SUPER cute, and awesome quality). But I think my pocket book is gonna take a beating as she gets older and this purse, shoe, jacket fetish grows with her.
And yes....those are my credit cards she took out of my wallet to put in her purse.
WE ARE IN TROUBLE!$!$!
(plus I want to buy one now too, since it's probably not ok to steal my daughter's purse, and I LOVE IT!)