Running is a great way to stay in shape and have fun, in fact, it's practically becoming trendy. However, it's important to do it with the proper technique. Want to join the masses, but do it the right way? Learn how to stay strong and prevent injury with this guide. Here additional resources that will help you begin and avoid some you must Do's and Don'ts when runs.
What You Must Do's And Don'ts For Better Runs !
1 # Do Take Short Effective Strides
Less motion through the joint means less wear and tear and Improved Efficiency during your runs. Using a shorter stride reduces the movement within any joint (for running, this means the joints of the ankles, knees, and hips), and less movement means a longer, healthier life for these joints.
2 # Don't Run Heel First
Avoid striking the pavement with your heals - save that for your power walks. "When you walk, you keep one foot in contact with the ground, while running has a moment of weightlessness in the stride. Running with a heel landing can contribute to back and knee pain.
3 # Don't Wear Shoes That Are Too Comfortable
The human body works with one major premise: Use it or lose it. If your support is coming from an external source, like your shoes, then the muscles designed to support the framework of the foot (i.e. the arches), will eventually fail to do their job, making the foot weaker and your body more prone to injury.
4 # Don't Use A Long Stride
Leaping forward while you run is inefficient and an energy drain. Instead, stand tall and lean forward, and when you feel like you are going to fall, step forward just enough to catch yourself. This should be the length of your stride. It takes less energy to fall than to reach your foot in front of you.
5 # Do Invest In Barefoot Running Shoes
"When it comes to support, less is more". Build up to wearing shoes with minimal support, like NIKE FREE or VIBRAM FIVE FINGERS, to help strengthen and develop the natural muscular support in your foot and ankle. But don't toss your sneakers just yet - slowly begin by running, one block at a time, with less support to gradually strengthen the muscles in your feet. Developing foot strength can help make everything stronger, including your ankles, knees, hips, and lower back.
6 # Don't Run As Hard As You Can
Many runners think if they can run fast, they are running efficiently, which isn't father, faster. "Slow down and wear a heart rate monitor to train smarter, not harder,". Set your heart rate monitor to keep your running at a desired pace, and then don't exceed that set pace. Your body will adapt, and then you'll be able to run more comfortably at this pace, meaning you will be able to run faster without pushing any harder.
7 # Do Land On The Midsole Of Your Foot
Landing on your forefoot (Instead of our heels) allows your muscles to catch the weight of your body in flight, reducing the effects of impact on the joints and bones.
8 # Do Run For Time
9 # Don't Get Stuck On The Odometer
Running three, five or even 26 miles doesn't really tell you if there is any progress in your run. Instead, track the amount of time that you're running and monitor your intensity using a heart rate monitor.
10 # Do Work Up To Running Farther, Faster
Build your run one block, or one minute at a time. Walk between running intervals and recover actively. You can work on speed or form and technique during your "work intervals" and then recover with an easy jog or power walk in between. Interval Training can provide you with faster results in the same amount of time.
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