The Proper Running Form

Posted: April 12, 2011 in Articles

This is for all the beginners out there. Having a good running form prevents back pain and injuries. It also helps increase efficiency so you can run longer before getting tired. Here are some of Coach Rio’s tips:

  • Stay relaxed. Let your shoulders drop, and breathe properly. Keep your elbows bent at a 90-degree angle, fists open. Stiff shoulders and closed fists may cause muscle contractions.
  • Keep it natural. Don’t force your movements. Swinging your arms unnecessarily, for one, will only drain your energy without making you go any faster.
  • Remember the midline. Don’t make the common mistake of letting your arms go beyond the middle part of your body while running.
  • Look straight ahead. Instead of looking down, keep your chin up while running.

For clarity, the video below shows the basics in posture, lean, and footstrike in detailed graphics. If it’s all too much to take in at once, concentrate on perfecting one thing during your runs before you move on to the next. Even I’m still working on my lean. Practicing in front of the mirror helps.


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