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Stress

Many runners have careworn faces with deep lines caused by emotional stress.
They don't look happy when running.
They look deeply upset.
Their approach to running is causing them to suffer.
Over-training, pushing the body and pursuing unnecessary goals is harmful and leads to pain and injury.
There are other ways to run and/or to get fit.

Most runners run with extremely bad posture:

• Elbows are stiff and locked (often raised)
• The body is leaning forwards or stooping; either at the neck or collapsing at the bottom of the rib cage
• Shoulders are lifted; often one higher than the other
• Considerable tension in the upper body
• Frozen sacroiliac; immobile
• Knees twisted (the foot flicks out sideways)
• Weight is bearing heavily down into the knees
• The skeleton is not moving freely, naturally or comfortably

This would be bad posture for any form of exercise. It causes serious fatigue and adverse wear and tear on the body.
The tension in the body uses energy and tires you out.

Is your running healthy?

Some runners can run well.
Most do not.
If your aim is to get fit, then you want to avoid medically unsound running practices.
Usually, people take bad habits of body use from everyday life straight into their running...

Running well?

The fact that you are running isn't proof that you are running well.
By that logic, couldn't any individual with no tuition whatsoever drive a car immediately or play the piano?

Quality of exercise

Most people who run have received no formal training in how to run.
They just start running.
Little or no thought is given to technique, alignment, good body use, breathing, skeletal health, muscular tension, coordination, accuracy, biomechanics or suitability.

Is running easy?

A lot of websites and articles indicate that running is easy to do.
This is an interesting assertion; suggesting that virtually anyone can just buy a pair of running shoes and hit the streets.
Of course, this is true but it doesn't answer the question.
Is running easy to do?

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Self-determining

Usually the student decides for themselves how much practice is suitable for them.
This approach has drawbacks if you are seeking to gain skill.
In what way are you qualified to determine how much training is necessary to get good at taijiquan?
Which criteria are you applying? And why? Based on how much actual skill and experience?

Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.

(Aristotle)

Taijiquan students always want to launch into combat without the physical wherewithal to actually perform the movements.
Why?
Because martial training is exciting.

Yet, imagine a sharpshooter who couldn't hit a target... is this impressive?

A martial artist must learn to move their body in conjunction with their intentions; smoothly, accurately and consistently.
This requires hard work: hence the term 'kung fu'. 
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