4 Key Points for Proper Running Posture
If you’re new to running, you may not know that proper running posture is crucial for an all-around better performance. Maintaining good form while running will not only prevent extra stress on your body, but it will also help you use your energy more efficiently while you are out for a run.
Here are the 4 key points, with respect to running posture, that will make you a better and more efficient runner:
1. Hips: Upright & Forwards
Your hips should be just right – not pushed too far back, and not pushed too far forward.
Make sure your hips and pelvis are upright and ever-so-slightly forward, as this will help enable your core while you are running.
2. Chest: Pulled Forward
Imagine a rope is attached to you and is pulling you forward. This will help your correct your posture while you’re running.
You should feel as if your chest is being pulled upright.
3. Head: Elevated, Not Tucked Down
Tucking your head down will restrict the flow of oxygen, and undo the rest of the good points in your posture.
Your head should be elevated, and always looking out head about 10 metres up the path.
4. Elbows: 90-Degree Angle
Your arms should always be locked at a 90-degree angle, and should always be driving forward.
If your cross your arms over your body, you put a lot of torque and rotation on the lower back. More importantly, this in inefficient – you’re using energy going side to side when the finish line is forward.
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