Correct Running Form Assessment by Beginning Runners

Beginning runners should start their running career by examining their own running form to prevent running injuries in the future. Of course, this comes after buying their first pair of high-quality running shoes such as Asics Gel Enduro and Asics Gel Equation. Running with a correct body form and posture can greatly protect them from various injuries, as well as enhance their whole performance.

Below are the correct running forms suggested from head to toe:

Head

To achieve optimum position when running, runners should keep their head up and straight, focusing on the road several feet from where they are going. Some people tend to loo down at their shoes or at the road where they are stepping. This puts undue stress on the neck and back muscles, which can later on lead to muscle pain.

Shoulders

The shoulders should be held low and loose, instead of shrugging it or tightening it. The shoulders should be kept in a relaxed position. If runners shrug their shoulders, it can cause tension over the neck, back and head of the runner.

Arms and Hands

The arms and hands of the runner should be kept relaxed, as well. The arms should be positioned at the side of the body at all times. Runners should not cross their arms on their chest, most especially when they are tired since this can hinder their breathing. Also, runners should only swing their arms back and forth at the side of their body and not in front. On the other hands, their hands should lightly brush the side of their hips when they are running. Lastly, fists should not be clenched.

Hips

The hip is the center of gravity when running. Thus, it is also important to maintain it in a right position and not sticking it out. The upper torso determines the position of the hips. If the back and torso is straight, it will also keep the hips in a straight position. The position of the hips is very important for sprint runners to improve their running speed.

Legs and Feet

Sprinters usually over-stride when running. However, long-distance runners need not do so since they need to conserve a lot of energy. Thus, long-distance runners should have short strides, which are kept low on the ground. When landing, the foot of the runner should be right under their body and not positioned in front of them. Also, the knees should be slightly flexed as the foot touches the ground so that the knees can bend down to absorb impact well.

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