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Four Tips To Improve Your Running Form

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Staying healthy and active does not need to be expensive and complicated. One way simple way to stay fit is by running. This activity could be done anywhere and not necessarily with the use of a gym membership. You just need to wear a good-fitting rubber shoes, step out your front door and run.

 

It also does not discriminate against height, gender and age. Head to the nearest jogging trail and park and you would see male and female, kids and adults, tall and short, running or jogging to their enjoyment.

 

While this perhaps is the best thing with running that has attracted a lot of people to it, there are still some ways that one could do to change and improve the way they execute the activity. One of these variables is the proper running form, which often takes a backseat especially the beginners who are only doing the run for leisure. But whether you intend to join a marathon or just run for fun, it is highly advisable that you know the proper way of running to improve your execution, endurance and also avoid injuries.

 

Stride

Running essentially looks easy – a step forward at a fast pace and there you go. But one could improve the impact of his movements to his body and increase speed. At the end of the day, most runners’ goal is to use his energy to push his body forward in a fluid manner so that energy wasted on other movements is minimized, thus reserving energy for future use (and distance). One way this could be prevented is to minimize the “vertical oscillation” of a person that is the upward movement or bounce one does when taking a step. Reducing this and using the upward movement to push your body forward is better for joints and knees and also adds to the distance you cover.

 

Posture

Having the right posture in running helps one breathe easily and more efficiently. It also affects the length of your stride so best to take this seriously. Do not look at the ground but instead look ahead. This would lessen the strain at the back of your neck and help you see where you’re heading. Your shoulders should also be relaxed but square and not prone to moving side to side.

 

Arm Swing

Arm swing or movement is the body’s way to balance itself when changing steps. While most runners prefer to pump their arms forward to propel themselves, this uses up energy that could be reserved for endurance. The best way to move your arms is to keep it at most 90 degrees from your shoulders and relaxed swing forward.

 

Foot Strike

Runners have three ways of landing as they step – forefoot, mid foot and rear foot. Some runners land on the balls of their feet and this cushions the impact. However, it could slow them down as their momentum is affected. Those who land on their rear foot, while it prevents calf injuries, also gives a braking method that could slow them down. While there is no conclusive answer on which is the best way to land, one could deduce that it is advisable to choose which one is most comfortable in.

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