Work Out Like a Caveman: Freerunning

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If lifting heavy weights and running on the treadmill makes you bored with your fitness plan, here’s a creative twist.

Freerunning is perfect for the caveman who wants to re-launch a workout routine. It’s a program that uses creative expression as a component of exercise, using aesthetically pleasing movements to travel from Point A to Point B.

Sebastien Foucan, a French athlete, has been recognized as the founder of the sport named freerunning. In the 1990s, he began to train in the parkour style of physical fitness. As time passed, he began to give parkour his own special twist. In his own words, he wanted each person to “find his own way, not necessarily the same as anyone else’s.”

According to the world-renowned Tempest Freerunning Academy, although parkour influenced freerunning and the disciplines used to be interchangeable they are now very different.

Parkour started out as the most efficient way to get from a single point to another. Participants are to use speed and agility to get through obstacles placed in their path. On the other hand, freerunning uses acrobatics to create a journey as you move. The great thing about freerunning is that since it is mostly about expression, you can start at any level of physical fitness.

Being happy and expressing yourself during exercise is what freerunning is all about. Exercise shouldn’t be a chore, but something you look forward to. You can incorporate the mindset in simple ways such as leaping as you run or go all out and use acrobatics as you move through a course.

If you want something more disciplined with choreographed exercises, you may want to sign up for a freerunning course. There are courses that work on certain skill building such as flipping at great heights, vaulting and balancing on rails.

To begin freerunning, you can simply take a run outdoors. However, instead of doing your normal jog, add in some creative moves. For instance, swing around lampposts before returning to your trek. Stop for a minute and add in a string of cartwheels. Your freerunning routine could be as modest as leaping with your arms outstretched from time to time.

When you come across obstacles, don’t avoid them. Instead, use them to add a fun challenge to your routine. For instance, scale a wall and run across it. If you see two benches close together, leap from one to another. Just keep in mind, avoid broken limbs by starting out with small obstacles.

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