GRAVITY - THE ELEPHANT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM
is now mentioned everywhere - advertising, articles, interviews, etc. It is talked about in relation to running, walking, shoes, bras, and a few other things. All of that is great and it shows that trends are changing and we, as a human race, are becoming even more aware of what's really going on around us and how we fit in. However, gravity
is still very much the elephant in the room
and it is treated as something that "applies to this but not to that", "it is here, but not over there". Fact is - gravity
is a silent dictator that rules this world.
came before anything else. In order for our solar system to have come into existence gravity
had to have been already present. Here on Earth, gravity
is effective 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, never letting up for even a second. Gravity is everything and it is everywhere. "The most essential characteristics of all biological systems are defined by the Universal Law of Gravity"
(Russian scientist and academic P. Anokhin
Gravity is the most valuable factor of life on this planet because life as we know it, is impossible without gravity. Without it we couldn't move the same way, we wouldn't look the same way, we couldn't breathe, and we wouldn't have the air to begin with. The influence of gravity shapes and structures all living creatures including human anatomical and physiological structure, size and weight.
All human movement is gravity-dependent. Whether you're running, swimming, walking to your car or reaching for milk in your refrigerator - you're moving under the influence of gravity. Try this, stand straight, relax, feet slightly apart, knees relaxed (not locked, not bent), arms down, upright and relaxed posture
. Now shift your body from one foot to another without breaking contact with the ground. Do you feel your bodyweight? That's how we feel gravity. Wherever we go, whatever we do - it's always there. But it doesn't just pull us down. It does so much more.
Leonardo da Vinci
was the first to recognize gravity as a propulsive force, "motion is created by the destruction of balance, that is, of equality of weight for nothing can move by itself which does not leave its state of balance and that thing moves most rapidly which is furthest from its balance".
Four centuries later, Thomas Graham-Brown
expanded on da Vinci's
thoughts, writing, "It seems to me that the act of progression itself - whether it be flight through the air or by such movements as running over the surface of the ground - consists essentially in a movement in which the centre of gravity of the body is allowed to fall forwards and downwards under the action of gravity, and in which the momentum thus gained is used in driving the centre of gravity again upwards and forwards; so that, from one point in the cycle to the corresponding point in the next, no work is done (theoretically), but the mass of the individual is, in effect, moved horizontally through the environment
Gravity should be considered as the dominant force on Earth, the strongest mechanical force among all the forces of nature and therefore any movement on Earth is both influenced by, and subordinate to, gravity. Before we can really improve our sports techniques and consequently beat personal bests or world records, we must first acknowledge gravity and then try to understand it and how it works in human locomotion.
Article by Dr. Nicholas Romanov
Composed by L. Romanov