Improve Your Running Technique with These Simple Tips

November 1, 2013 by Admin

Whether you do it on a treadmill or outdoors, running is one of the best aerobic exercises there is. Not only does it help you burn calories and lose weight, running is also good for your heart. That said, many lifelong runners develop chronic injuries in their knees, back, and feet as they age. Contrary to popular belief, these issues are not always caused by the running itself, but rather by poor running technique that put additional stress on specific parts of the body. Here are a few simple tips that will reduce your risk of developing running-related injuries.

1. Don’t strike the pavement with your heels. It may seem natural because that’s the way most of us walk, but when we speed up, we must make adjustments to protect our back and knees.

2. Do land on your forefoot. This running motion helps reduce impact on the joints and bones by transferring it to our quads and calves.

3. Don’t use a long stride. When you stretch or even leap forward as you run, wasted motion will result in energy drain.

4. Do use short strides. Less motion not only preserves energy, it also results in less wear and tear on joints.

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