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 dos 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 practice 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 a 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