10 Simple Running Tips to Perfect Your Form

July 07, 2016 3 min read

10 Simple Running Tips to Perfect Your Form

Has 2017 started out with strong optimism about your fitness goals for the year ahead? Great – Let’s keep that motivation going all year long!

If you’re anything like us, you’ve likely created a pumping playlist, found a scenic running route and mapped out the perfect distance, but have you considered your running form? Believe it or not, perfecting your running style is essential to getting the most of your everyday workout, seeing faster results and most importantly, minimising the risk of injury.

As a company that prides itself on sourcing footwear that is specially designed to offer optimum comfort and support, we understand the importance of taking care of your feet and offering stability where it’s needed most. Here is our list of top simple running tipsto ensure optimum performance and minimal injury:

1. Eyes

Look forward and keep your head aligned with your body in the upright position. If your head is too far forward, it will unevenly distribute the weight, increasing the load on your lower back.

Why? Your eyes are important for improving your posture and safety as you are more aware of your surroundings.

2. Jaw/ Breathing

Relax and keep your mouth open to ensure a constant airflow. You might develop a breathing pattern; you should be inhaling and exhaling continuously and smoothly to ensure you are getting enough oxygen to feed your muscles.

Each breath should come from your diaphragm because breathing from your chest does not leverage your lungs full potential and you risk getting a stitch. A good way to tell if you are doing it right is to look at your body’s movement; your chest should be still, but your belly should be moving!

3. Mind

Running is a healthy human function, so don't stress! If you are worrying too much when you are running, the increased brain activity will decrease your performance.

4. Shoulders

Ensure your shoulders are relaxed. If you are tense, you risk wasting energy.

5. Hands & Arms

Relax your hands and let them make a light cupping shape. You should avoid holding anything when running as the imbalance could cause your torso to move, which is not good for your posture.

Always remember - If you are tense, you’ll use additional energy. Your arms should passively move, arms swinging in different directions is a natural motion.

6. Posture

Your body should be firmly upright to allow for proper blood flow.

7. Feet

Every person has a unique running style, however having the right shoes is essential to avoiding any injury.

Your running shoes must be comfortable. If they are old shoes, you risk an injury to not just your feet but your legs because the shoes lack shock absorption, cushioning in the foot bed and firmness, which deteriorates over time.

8. Ankles

Slightly lean your ankles forward because it helps to propel you forward.

9. Stretch

Stretch before and AFTER you run!

Why? This warms up your muscles, increases flexibility and prevents you being stiff later in the day.

10. Sleep

Research shows that a good night’s sleep is a huge contributor to ongoing motivation, which means you can stick to your running schedule! It takes two weeks of rest for you to notice the positive benefits.

The journey to success is not a sprint, it's a marathon! Running and walking is a great form of exercise that the team at Shoes for Feets are innately passionate about; it stimulates blood flow, releases endorphins and most of all, you feel great about yourself afterwards.

By ensuring you follow these simple running tips, we have no doubt you’ll be able to achieve all of the fitness goals you set your mind to this year! For the very best in affordable footwear that doesn’t compromise on style or comfort, be sure to check out our range of men and women’s Sanuk and Teva footwear.

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