Richard Weil, MEd, CDE, is an exercise physiologist and Certified Diabetes Educator, and is director of the New York Obesity Research Center Weight Loss Program at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
We all have our own style of running (not even the best
runners in the world have "perfect" form), and so I generally suggest just
getting out there and run in whatever way feels natural, and if any of the
suggestions below for proper running form help you run smoother, then that's a
bonus. Here are some suggestions for proper form:
Relax your upper body and allow your arms to swing naturally.
Keep your torso and shoulders relaxed.
Keep you torso upright and hips slightly forward.
Keep your elbows bent at 90 degrees.
Keep your hands relaxed; they should almost flop at the wrist. The tension
in your hands should be light, like you are holding a small bird.
Keep your jaw and face relaxed.
Breathe naturally in and out through your
nose and mouth (ignore advice that says to breathe only though your nose). If
you are a shallow breather (you take rapid, short breaths) and find you get out
of breath quickly no matter what your speed, try exhaling fully; that will cause
you to slow down your breathing and inhale more deeply.