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Fast Fitness - Run Faster

The Shinobi no Mono, or the Ninja of old Japan, were renowned for their running speed and endurance.

Running drills called "ashi" (foot or feet) were an important part of Ninjutsu physical training. Try this basic Ninja ashi, or running drill:

  1. Put a straw hat on your chest.
  2. Run without holding the hat with your hands or other fastening.
  3. Run so fast that the hat does not fall - this requires keeping a minimum speed for the duration of the ashi drill.

Where is the photo? He (or she - there were female Ninjas) must have run by so fast you didn't see. We are still working on the problem of photos not uploading. Healthline staffer Jerry has been helping to upload several photos for posts to come. Thankyou Jerry.

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Dr. Bookspan is an award-winning scientist whose goal is to make exercise easier and healthier.