Exercise Better with Proper Running Form
Proper form when running is important to reduce the chance of accidental injury and maximize the payoff of your exercise. There are a lot of different schools of thought when it comes to running, but despite their differences, there are some basic principles that any beginning runner should incorporate into their runs.
- Keep your foot under your knee when it lands—not in front of your it.
- Avoid heel striking. You should land on the ball of your foot.
- Keep your upper body relaxed. Pay special attention to your hands, which shouldn’t be clenched, and your elbows, which should stay at about a 90° angle.
- When training, focus on increasing the number of steps you take, rather than the length of your stride.
- Introduce changes to your workout (distance, time, frequency, intensity, etc.) gradually.
- Wear comfortable shoes that support your feet. SpringFlex shoes are a good choice because the springs act as shock absorbers for added protection for your joints.
- Take time to let your body recover between runs.