Mastering running: How to get your brain-muscle orchestra firing in concert

Your brain controls everything you do. Consciously and nonconsciously.

To do any physical activity, your body has to be ready and able. But your brain calls the shots.

Running well requires well-trained muscles, for sure. But well-trained muscles are next to useless if they’re not firing in the right way, at the right time, and in synchrony with all the other muscles. And this depends entirely on neuromuscular coordination – a rapid and reciprocal conversation between the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, and the muscles.

You could compare running (and any movement) to an orchestra concert. Even staffed with the best musicians in the world, the orchestra will flop with a mediocre conductor at the helm (or with a great conductor, if the musicians can’t see her).

Like muscle strength, power, and endurance, improving neuromuscular coordination requires training.

In this video, you’ll learn a quick neuromuscular warm up to do before running (or any exercise or sport for that matter) to get all those brain-muscle connections firing properly and in time. Combined with smart physical training, it will have you performing like the Berlin Philharmonic.

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