Mind and Body
Tips For Your Best Morning Run Yet!
Running. Some treat it like a morning coffee, some say it’s cheaper than therapy and some detest its existence.
When running, it’s important to pay attention to your posture from your head to your toes. Below are some tips to help you maintain good postures when running.
- Your eyes can look anywhere but a focused gaze will help you maintain proper posture, which keeps your neck in proper alignment with your spine.
- Try keep your head in a neutral position with your ears in line with your shoulders.
- Try your best to open up your shoulders while you run by pulling them back. This will help improve your speed, balance and endurance.
- Shoulders should operate in a X pattern naturally whilst running. So when you take a right step forward, your left shoulder is also forward, and therefore, your right shoulder is back as your left leg is back.
- Your arms should be at a 90-degree angle with palms or fists moving from chin to hip. This will help you propel your body forward.
- Try your best to keep your hands relaxed whilst running, the more you squeeze your hands, the more energy you will utilise through your hands instead of your actual running.
- Your core and back is where a lot of your power comes from, and it’s also your centre of gravity while running. So it’s super important that these areas of your body are strengthened regularly.
- Try maintaining at tight core while running to prevent you from going too far forwards or too far backwards.
- Your knee should be inline with the middle of your foot so that when your foot strikes the ground, it prevents you from placing too much pressure on one side of your body then the other.
- Everyone’s run stride and gait will be different and that’s ok. However, I find the easiest way, is to think of your shin being as close to a 90-degree angle as possible when your foot hits the ground. This will help ensure that you use your ankle, your knee joint, and the hip joint all at the same time.
- There’s no right or wrong way for your feet to hit the ground, just make sure you are actually using them to push off instead of just lifting them.
I hope the above tips were helpful to you! Happy running!