Running Tips for Beginners

Perfect Your Running Form 

As a runner, it is important to perfect your running form. So, check your running technique to determine whether you are doing it right. You don’t have to overanalyze to know your running technique. You just need to know some of the things that will help you get your running form right. This will help you reduce the chances of being injured, help you move efficiently, and know how to correct poor movement patterns when running. The right running shoes from the Orthotic Shop will help you to get the right technique and protect against injury.

Here are tips for running properly: 

  1. Stand Tall 

Standing tall can seem like an obvious thing when it comes to running. However, a sedentary lifestyle can negatively affect our posture. Poor posture affects our running. As such, it is very important to ensure that you maintain good posture when you run. You need to gaze slightly ahead of you, not down. Also, relax your shoulders to make your chest free so that it can take deep breaths during your run. The right running shoes from the Orthotic Shop is a great place to start with getting the right posture.

  1. Engage Your Core and Glutes 

When it comes to running, a strong core and glutes are your powerhouses. This is because core strength will help you maintain a good upright posture during your run even when you start to feel tired. In addition, it will protect your lower back against the impact of feeding on the ground. Strong glutes will power you up the hills, and prevent lower back soreness and knee pain. Well fitting, cushioned running shoes from the Orthotic Shop will help to prevent joint issues by absorbing the impact.

  1. Swing Your Arms

When you run, your upper body often acts as the counterbalance to the lower body. A fluid, relaxed arm swing will make you run faster as it will help you resist the twist of your lower body. 

  1. Step Lightly 

The feet of a person with a quick running cadence don’t spend too much time on the ground between steps. This cadence helps a runner use less energy from one stride to another, have more nimble feet to traverse a trail or get uphill, and will have less impact on the body. 

A good running cadence is 90 steps per minute per leg but this depends on the person who is running. Even though a lower cadence of between 75 or 80 steps per minute will get the job done, try a higher cadence to see how it feels.