Running is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy nature. But if you’re not running correctly, you risk injury. So, it’s important that you know the right techniques for running. In this blog-post we’ll share with you five tips to improve your running technique. Tips like looking ahead, relaxing your hands and shoulders, and good foot placement will help keep your form on point!
1) Look Ahead
Looking ahead will help you maintain a good running form.
It’s important to take in the scenery while on an easy run, but looking up for too long can cause your head to tilt back and lead into neck pain or injury. Look at objects near eye level, like the ground about three feet away from you; this will keep your neck straight and ensure you maintain good posture.
2) Relax your hands and shoulders
Many runners are guilty of tensing their hands and shoulders while running.
It’s important to relax your hands and shoulders so that you prevent stiff and sore muscles. Keep in mind that a tense arm is more likely to be injured than one which is relaxed!
Keep your arms bent at about 90 degrees, this will help you to keep them loose and ready to take on the world!
3) Foot placement
It’s important to land on your midfoot or forefoot when running instead of landing with your heels first. This will spread the impact out across a larger surface area and reduce the risk of injury significantly.
Keep in mind that while you’re running to avoid heel striking. This is a common mistake which can cause injuries.
One of the best ways to avoid heel striking, as mentioned earlier, is by running on your midfoot or forefoot instead of with your heels first. This will spread out the impact across more surface area and reduce the risk of injury significantly!
4) Wear loose comfortable clothing
It’s important to wear loose, comfortable clothing when running. This will help you avoid injury and improve your form by not restricting any of the movements that are needed while running.
Wearing tight clothes can cause discomfort in certain areas which may lead people to alter their natural technique.
5) Don’t bounce
Many of us are guilty of being bouncy runners, however, this takes more energy therefore impacts form and speed, while also making you tired quicker.
Try to find a steady pace so that your whole body moves at the same time. A good tip is to think about running along a hedge and another person being on the other side of it, they should not be able to tell if you are running or walking.