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Zola Budd Barefoot Running Technique

If Ethiopias’ Abebe Bikila is the god father of barefoot running(He won 1960 Rome Olympic marathon running barefoot) then South African Zola Budd is the god mother of barefoot running.

South African running sensation Zola Budd was a die hard devotee of the art of running barefoot. Budd trained and raced barefoot.

In 1984 aged 17 she set a New world record in 5000 meters while running barefoot.

Back then running barefoot was seen as a crazy idea but now experts seem to tell us running barefoot is not a crazy idea after all. In fact that is how we should be running.

From Science daily

Scientists have found that those who run barefoot, or in minimal footwear, tend to avoid “heel-striking,” and instead land on the ball of the foot or the middle of the foot. In so doing, these runners use the architecture of the foot and leg and some clever Newtonian physics to avoid hurtful and potentially damaging impacts, equivalent to two to three times body weight, that shod heel-strikers repeatedly experience.

Amount of Weight Gained While Watching TV During World Cup

I found this fascinating piece on the amount of weight to gained by a British football fan watching the 2010 Soccer World cup finals in South Africa.

Men’s Health magazine estimates a die-hard World Cup fan could gain 2st and 7lb (15.7kg) if they watch every game between 11 June and 11 July.

It bases this gain on the assumption that a British man watching a game with friends will drink, on average, four cans of lager and eat three slices of a pizza, half a bag of nacho chips and half a pot of dip – adding up to 1,913.5kcal. That’s two-thirds of the recommended daily calorie intake for men, and almost the entire daily intake for women.

In contrast, the energy expended while watching – even accounting for gesticulating, shouting and leaping to one’s feet every so often – is just 215.5kcals.

Source BBC Article

The moral of this is Playing football may be good for the health. Watching it, on the other hand, can pile on the pounds.