Whether you’re training for a 5K or just trying to figure out how to run down the block and back without running out of breath, these tips will improve your technique in no time.
Going for a jog may seem simple enough, but without research you’re more prone to injury. Here are some tips to prevent that.
Don’t Land on Your Heel
Landing heels first while running can cause serious damage to your back and knees. Landing on your forefoot absorbs most of your body weight, alleviating joints and muscles.
Ditch the Long Stride
Taking long strides while running is draining and ultimately inefficient. To find out the length of stride that is appropriate for your body, stand straight and lean forward until you feel like you’re going to fall. When you step forward to catch yourself, take notice of the distance between your two feet. This should be the length of your stride. Smaller strides put less stress on joints because they require less motion. Paying attention to your strides can provide a longer, healthier life for your joints.
Toss Your Comfortable Running Shoes
When sneakers provide too much comfort, especially to the foot’s arch, your muscles will adjust. With support coming from your shoes, your body will eventually neglect to do its job, making your feet weaker and more prone to injury. By running in sneakers that provide minimal support, your body is forced to strengthen and develop the muscles that support your feet and ankles.
Focus on Your Posture
When running, hold your head high and centered between your shoulders. Your back should be straight, and your gaze should be ahead rather than down. Keep your jaw and upper body relaxed, keeping shoulders parallel to the ground. Your arms should be at approximately a 90-degree angle, with room for your hands to glide past your waistline. Lightly cup your hands and keep your wrists loose. Pumping your arms faster will allow for a faster stride.
Take Deep Abdominal Breaths
If you run out of breath easily while running, it’s likely that you aren’t breathing right. You can practice deep abdominal breathing by lying flat on your back with a book or other flat object on your stomach. Slowly inhale and watch the book rise, and then lower the book by slowly exhaling.
Reduce Friction and Resistance
Friction and resistance affect many athletes, and runners are no exception. Chafing can be distracting enough to cause serious injury. Compression shorts and tops minimize the irritation that seams from loose clothing can cause. They’re also often made of synthetic material like spandex and won’t trap sweat. Cotton, on the other hand, will stay moist and weigh down a runner while causing severe friction.
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