Proper Running Form
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.
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