Running has steadily been gaining in popularity over the past few years. It’s a physical activity that merits being discussed. It often begins with an invitation to join a friend or a neighbour on his morning run. Then, be it for one reason or another, you find yourself running on a regular basis.
It’s a given that we all know how to run. We don’t need a course to take a leisurely jog through the neighbourhood. Nonetheless, proper form and techniques are essential to minimize the risk of injury. Today, I’d like to share with you 3 tips to improve your running technique for greater results.
1- Your abdominals
First things first, your abdominals! I can almost hear you asking why they’re so important. after all, your legs are doing the running, right? Strictly speaking, you’re absolutely correct; however, your legs are carrying the entire weight of your body. Keeping your abdominals contracted will help stabilize your hips and keep your body erect and well centered, all of which will make it easier to run.
2- Your heels
It’s imperative that you avoid running on your heels. To clarify, when walking, your heels touch the ground first, which is as it should be. However, when running, your mid-foot needs to touch the ground first. Here’s a tip: your feet should only make a light sound when they touch the ground. Anything louder than that means that you need to shorten the length of your stride and/or concentrate on “landing” more lightly/gently.
3- Look straight ahead
It might sound silly at first but it’s important to look straight ahead while jogging. This will help you avoid slouching which in turn will help you to breathe more easily and deeply. Stand tall, so to speak; don’t hunch your shoulders.
Altogether, these three tips will help you improve your running form and gain better results while also reducing the risk of injury. Who knows, you might even pass them on to your neighbour to help her improve her stance!
If you have any doubts or concerns regarding your running technique, I encourage you to consult a health professional such as a kinesiologist or physiotherapist.
Happy running! ????
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