As many of you know, I’m a big fan of apartment running. My apartment running days are far from over, but now I’ve added a little something extra to my exercise routine–sprinting. Sprinting is fun, wildly exciting, and very good for you. Here’s the deal.
We have two types of muscle fibers in our bodies. There are slow twitch muscles and fast twitch muscles. Fast twitch muscles can further be divided into two categories: fast and superfast.
The average person stops using their superfast muscles once they enter adulthood. You use your superfast muscles because you stop doing super fast exercise. Children run all over the place as fast as they can all the time. When was the last time you ran as fast as you could? When you were chased by a dog? If you’re not afraid of dogs, you probably haven’t run as fast as you could since your were twelve. That’s okay. You’re not alone.
The average person’s muscle breakdown is about 50% slow, 40% fast and 10% superfast. An average sprinter has this muscle percentage of 40% slow, 20% fast, and 40% superfast. The average person who does aerobic exercise has 55% slow, 40% fast and 5% superfast. That’s right aerobic exercise actually depletes the amount of superfast muscle you have.
Why should you care? I’ll tell you why. Superfast muscles cause your body to produce growth hormone (HGH). HGH stimulates cell production and cell regeneration. In other words, it helps keep you looking and feeling young.
The problem is the only way to develop your superfast muscles is to participate in superfast activities. Speed reading doesn’t count.
We’ve starting sprinting three days a week in a field near our house. If you decide to do this make sure you warm up well before you start. The first day we tried sprinting my husband ran two steps and pulled a muscle in his thigh. Luckily, he’s married to a massage therapist.
We do a little jogging before we start to warm up. Then we run as fast as we can for 30 to 60 seconds 3 to 4 times. You should take a 4 minute break in between every 30 to 60 second burst. By the end of it we’re exhausted, but I have to say that it’s great fun. Give it a try. You might like it.