How to Run Correctly
Running reduces stress, increases bone density, fights depression, gives you energy, revs up your metabolism and is a top calorie-burning exercise. Regular runners use their running time as a form of therapy and look forward to hitting the streets every day. For the rest of us, it’s just cardio – aka the worst and most dreadful part of a workout routine!
However, cardio is a crucial part of a well-rounded healthy lifestyle. When you’re first starting out, running can be somewhat torturous. You’re lungs feel like they’re going to collapse, your sides feel like someone is stabbing them, and you pretty much start to accept the fact that you’re going to die.
If you can stick it out though, it WILL get better! You’re muscles get used to it and you’ll even maybe start to enjoy it! Yes..you!
Just remember, Posture is everything! So if you’re just now trying to get into a running routine, follow this guideline to make sure you have the correct posture and you’re not making it harder than it needs to be.
Head and back: Keep your torso upright, elongating your spine. Look ahead, not down, and keep your shoulders low and loose.
Arms: Keep your elbows bent at a 90 degree angle and slide your arms straight forward, not across your chest. Don’t clench your fists because this will just exert more energy. Pretend you are holding something in both palms.
Legs: Your knees should be soft and slightly bent . Your front leg should land underneath your body, not in front of it.
Feet: Land between your heel and mid-foot and roll forward quickly using your calves to propel you off the ground. Your entire foot should land softly under your hip. Avoid landing harshly or pounding.
*Tip: Make a running playlist with songs that will boost your mood and keep your energy levels high. Trust me, it makes a HUGE difference!
Don’t forget to stretch! Xx
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