Why muscle running?
When you run on your forefoot, your body benefits in a number of ways:
First, striking on the forefoot reduces the impact on your joints.
Landing on your forefoot allows your feet, legs, and upper body to distribute and gradually absorb the shock of impact from your running surface. Striking with your heel, on the other hand, sends the shock of impact directly through your leg to important, injury-prone areas of the body, such as the shin, knee, and hip.
Second, striking on the forefoot contributes to a healthier running form.
Many people who strike on the forefoot notice that their running form and running posture improve.
Third, running on your forefoot strengthens important muscles.
Running on your forefoot will strengthen your calves, muscles in your feet, and muscles around your ankle in ways that heel striking could never achieve. If you are new to forefoot running, this strengthening process will increase your capacity for forefoot running and beyond. And if you run long-distance and prefer to continue running long-distance by heel striking, increased muscle strength from forefoot running can improve your long-distance running. Forefoot striking builds muscle, which is why we have coined the term “muscle running!”