MoonRun Community Blog #1 - MoonRun's Cardio Trainer physical benefits & begginers tips

Dear MoonRunners,

This community blog is an opportunity to introduce you to different aspects of the MoonRun experience, answer your practical questions and issues and happily divulge into deeper philosophical matters.

New MoonRunners- Welcome to the club. Please follow this tutorial guide to get you started and take you through the ropes safely step by step. Can’t wait to MoonRun with you on the apps!

MoonRun Community Blog #1

Today’s blog will discuss how MoonRunning correctly can prevent running injuries and improve athletic performance at the same time – naturally. I will also explain and talk about how to prevent and manage the typical MoonRun beginners’ issue of calf muscle DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).

Ideally, one should be able to exercise without getting injured. We are supposed to feel good during and after exercise, but many people suffer or get injured while running ultimately impeding both cardiovascular training and performance.

One of the main running issues is the repetitive pounding on the lower limbs on the ground which increases exponentially as running speed increases. This presents a “Catch 22” situation in which a person who happens to have a knee issue must decide whether to continue running with pain (and endure tissue damage and postural compensations) or to stop/slow running and compromise on the training.

Yes, there are people who can run like the wind without getting injured. To reach this level, however, one must be uniquely light and strong and also possess a harmonious running technique. These people enjoy the run more, but they also gain real benefits like safely training the limits of their metabolic and cardio capacity which further benefits performance and improves their general health. These lucky people also feel better after the run!

To achieve the same results, MoonRun uses the same elements:

  • Weight reduction. The upward pull of the MoonRun while running can reduce 10- 15% of the body weight. So, if a new pair of 50-gram lighter running shoes make you feel great, a 15lbs body weight reduction will make you feel (and move) like a sports car.
  • Balanced strength training. MoonRun’s provides resistance provides full body strength training to the front and back of the lower limbs, core, trunk, and upper limbs. This spreads the load over the entire body providing a well-balanced, healthy- and good-looking resistance training.
  • Running technique. MoonRunning involves landing on the balls of the feet, leaning the body forward and pushing forward with the core - the same instructions that natural running coaches use. This natural technique enhances performance and also reduces running related injuries.

These advantages are important for people who are overweight or injured, but also for professional athletes and anyone in between.

Calf muscle DOMS

First-time MoonRunners might experience calf muscle pain after the initial session or after a long break from MoonRunning. This is because the calf muscles work very powerfully throughout their entire range of motion, something people do not do on a regular basis even in other sports.

If the first MoonRun session is very intensive - it can be very motivating to go all out with the exciting running apps for the first time, the calf muscles might be shocked and become stiff and painful the next day.

This is a manifestation of DOMS (delayed onset muscle syndrome), which is typical after an intensive bout of a new sport, due to micro-damage of the Z muscle fibers which were not prepared for the sudden new vigorous activity.

How to prevent DOMS

  1. Stretch the calf muscles (and others) before and after a MoonRun session. View MoonRun’s 3 stretches.
  2. Limit the first MoonRun session to 10 minutes. Initially, MoonRun moderately and turn around frequently. View tutorial on MoonRunning correctly and safely.
  3. Do not be tempted to MoonRun all-out during the initial MoonRun app session. Beware, this might be extremely motivating and exciting.
  4. Gradually increase the time and intensity of MoonRunning.

How to Manage DOMS

  1. In many cases, DOMS cannot be avoided
  2. If you feel calf muscle soreness the day after MoonRunning:
    • Stretch the muscles frequently.
    • Use ice pack to cool muscle – must feel relaxing.
    • The next day, MoonRun in small doses facing the unit (pushing backwards).
    • Gradually increase MoonRun time and intensity until the muscles are adapted to the new function and the symptoms disappear.