Sometimes it is hard to make sense of all the advice out there on the best running technique. There seems to be a lot of do’s and don’ts that can ultimately lead us to injury or stiffness. It can take some time for your muscles to get used to running, which is why it is important to get it right from the start, perfect practise makes perfect! Here are 3 running myths busted…
+ Don’t Wear Shoes That Are Too Comfortable
The human body works with one major premise: use it or lose it. If your support is coming from an external source, like your shoes, then the muscles designed to support the framework of the foot (i.e. the arches), will eventually fail to do their job, making the foot weaker and your body more prone to injury.
+ Don’t Use a Long Stride
Leaping forward while you run is inefficient and an waste of energy. Instead, stand tall and lean forward, and when you feel like you are going to fall, step forward just enough to catch yourself. This should be the length of your stride. It takes less energy to fall than to reach your foot in front of you
Less motion through the joint means less wear and tear and improved efficiency during your runs
+ Don’t Run Heels First
Avoid striking the pavement with your heels—save that for your power walks. Running with a heel landing can contribute to back and knee pain. Landing on your forefoot (midsole instead of your heels) allows your muscles to catch the weight of your body in flight, reducing the effects of impact on the joints and bones
To help take your runs or gym workouts to the next level, the fabulous people at Australian Fitness Network are giving me a gorgeous little 2GB Silver iPod shuffle (RRP $55) to giveaway. Perfect to load up your own favourite playlist and get the tempo happening!
P.S. if you are having trouble linking through just leave me a comment below and i’ll add your entry to the list.
only open to Australian residents
only 1 entry per person
competition closes Thursday 16th August 2012 at 7pm EST.
The winner will be announced shortly after that on my facebook page
What type of music gets you going for an intense workout? 80’s pop? hard core?