When it comes to running, learning the correct running form can benefit you in many ways. You will be able to prevent unwanted injuries, run faster and further with more ease. That way, it can help make running a much more enjoyable sport. Whether you are a beginner runner or a seasonal runner, below are some of the golden rules of proper running form that you can apply when you go for a run.
If you have a habit of getting into a poor posture, this is the time for you to correct it, if you want to improve your running. You can always practice this by pressing your back and pulling your body straight upright. Before you run, be sure to check your posture first. After that, try to maintain that throughout your run.
Relax Your Shoulders
It is natural that when we are stressed, we tend to pull our shoulders up. If you have such habit, then be aware of that and try to roll your shoulders back and keep it pressed down instead of letting it get pulled up.
Moderate Stride Length
Many runners either have too small or too big of a stride, where both are extremes and are not good for you. The ideal stride is to have your feet reach out just below your knees and landing mid foot rather than on your toes or your heels.
Keep Your Hands Relaxed
Running should be an enjoyable sport but not one that is stressful and full of struggles. Many runners are not aware of their own actions and that includes actions like clenching the fists. The next most important aspect is to keep it as relaxed as possible. Release the fists from clenching and keep your arms at waist level to prevent tension on your arms, neck and shoulders.