How To Run Properly
If you love running but find yourself exhausted or in pain whenever you do it, you don't need to give up your passion, you just need to learn how to run properly. Running can be a great way to stay in shape, but it can also lead to injury if you are not careful about how you go about it. Like any physical activity, there is always the chance of injury, so if you ever feel pain you should stop running immediately, even if you feel like you can run through it. However, with the proper preparation and form, you will rarely injure yourself running. Proper running will also make the process a little easier, making it more likely that you will stick with your running regimen.
- Get the correct gear. A good pair of running shoes will make running easier and will help prevent knee and ankle injuries. Running is harsh on your joints so you want to make sure that your shoes are padded in the right places to absorb some of the impact. You also need to find clothing that allows you a full range of motion in your arms and legs, and that won't weigh you down if gets sweaty.
- Plan a good route. Know about how far you want to run and plan your route ahead of time. While exploring can be fun, it will seriously get in the way of your training is you suddenly have to walk because the ground turned from pavement to loose rocks. Planning your route will also give you an end goal, instead of just running "till you're tired."
- Place one foot in front of you with the heel of your foot hitting the ground first. Running is different than sprinting, where it is better to stay on the balls of your feet. Roll your foot forward as your body moves over the foot and finally push off with your toes when the foot is behind you. Drive your other leg forward and repeat the process. You should feel your body propelled through the air while you do this. If you don't, you aren't going fast enough and are jogging, rather than running. Pick up the pace, if you can, but if not continue to jog until you get into better shape.
- Keep your back straight throughout the process. Even when you are running uphill or downhill, try to keep your back as straight as possible. This will help relieve stress from your muscles and allow you to run for longer periods of time.
- Swing your hands from your hips to your chest. Swinging your hands makes it easier to keep your rhythm and to bring your back leg forward. Don't let your swinging hands cross in front of your body or you will wreck your posture.
- Breath as normally as possible. It is common for novice runners to take quick breaths when they are starting out, so if you recognize yourself doing this, try to even out your breathing.