Proper Running Mechanics: Run Smarter
In these quarantine times, people are running more than ever. Because of this, we wanted to write about proper running mechanics so we can all stay in-shape while being kind to our bodies!
Proper Running Mechanics
When running keep your elbows flush to your body. This will help you remain aerodynamic while keeping your arms engaged.
Keeping your arms engaged in this manner will provide power as you run as well.
Body Tall, Eyes Forward
Keep your body tall, shoulder blades together, head upright.
Eyes should be looking ahead to remain alert and focused.
Also, rounding of the spine can promote bad posture and limit air flow when running- which one desperately needs when doing cardio.
Pretend there is a string on top of your head, pulling you up tall when running. The core should remain engaged as well.
Make sure to breathe steadily in through your nose and out through your mouth. Breaths should come from the diaphragm.
If you notice your shoulders raising during inhales, this means you are breathing too shallow.
Try to make your stomach expand horizontally when doing any kind of activity.
To work all muscles in the lower body, try your best to take long strides almost as if going to lunge.
This will allow for the glutes and hamstrings to work as well as the quads.
When your foot lands on the ground, try to practice a toe, heel pattern. This will help to avoid future leg/ knee injuries and shocks to the body.
Think of how a cat lands. This principle should be applied to running and jumping of any kind.
Lastly, it’s always a good idea to stretch beforehand.
Furthermore, if time allows, I highly recommend dynamic stretching (stretches that involve movement) before cardio, and static stretching (stretching where you hold for a certain amount of time) after cardio.
This will help keep the body limber and in equilibrium.
As always, thanks for reading and stay tuned!