Being a personal trainer for 20 years I know this is one of the most important skills to learn, like reading and writing the form of walking and running aren't put in the same category yet this is a vital skill for life to develop a correct form in running will reap the rewards in all areas of life.
Running correctly is vital for reducing injuries and making sure you get the best from your effort. Below you will find some critical pointers to correct your form helping you improve your proper posture and technique helping you avoid injury and maximise efficiency.
- Stand tall with your shoulders relaxed and your head up. Avoid looking down at the ground as this can cause neck strain.
- Keep your arms relaxed and bent at a 90-degree angle, swinging them back and forth naturally as you run.
- Keep your core engaged and your back straight to maintain good form and avoid back pain.
- Land on the middle of your foot, not your heel or toes, to reduce impact on your joints.
- Take short, quick strides and try to maintain a steady pace.
- Breathe deeply and rhythmically through your nose and mouth.
- Gradually increase your mileage and intensity over time to prevent injury and improve your fitness level.
Remember to always listen to your body and take breaks when needed. If you experience pain or discomfort while running, stop and seek medical attention if necessary.