Whether you run outside or on a treadmill there are some things to keep in mind about your form. Bad form can lead to injury and make your running experience harder than it has to be.
I’m guilty of this one. You may catch yourself running at a good pace but then realize that you are tensing and hunching your shoulders up. This limits your arm movements and causes unnecessary stress. Be sure to keep your shoulders relaxed.
Feet Landing Too Hard
When you run, pay attention to how hard you land your feet. Your feet should not be slamming the ground. The hard impact is extra force that your body is absorbing which can lead to increased injury. The best thing to do is run tall and land lightly. Try not to bounce but stay closer to the ground.
Leaning Forward Too Much
Usually there is no real need to lean while you run (unless you are on a steep hill.) Leaning too much can add pressure to your lower back as well to the front of your knees. Remember to run tall.
Swinging Arms Too Much
You don’t need to have huge swinging motions in your arms when you run. Sometimes you may see people running with their arms down and forearms swinging back and forth. You can help avoid injury by keeping your hands close to the body and letting your arms move naturally.
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