Have you ever experienced a shooting pain in your lower back, while running long distance or sprinting, or knee pain after running? It may be because, you have been doing it wrong for a long time. Trouble is, you might not even know, that you have been following an incorrect technique while running, till it starts taking a toll on your body.
The Correct Technique for Runners
It is essential that sports coaches take running drills and conduct special, technique classes for kids. This way, the kids will learn to run properly, and the chances of injury will be reduced considerably. It is also essential that they learn the techniques for speed, so that they will be able to avoid injury, and run faster at the same time.
It is extremely important to maintain the correct posture for long distance running, as a proper running form will ensure that a runner loses minimum energy, and covers maximum distance. Here we will study the proper position of each part of the body while running.
Keep your head focused on the horizon. Running with the head facing down, will cause a strain in your neck and result the contraction of the back. Hence, by keeping your head straight, you minimize the chances of both these injuries.
While running, most people tend to keep their shoulders shrugged up rigidly, which is wrong. The proper way is to keep the shoulders in a relaxed position, at a low level.
Bend your arms at the elbows and move them in forward and backward direction. Ensure that, at no point, you make your arms more rigid than they need to be. Let your arms move freely, and ensure that they do not move sideways while obstructing your run.
With a straight back and torso, the hips too, will fall into the correct alignment i.e., parallel to the ground. Maintaining the proper form for the hips is very important for sprinters, as the hips are the center of gravity, and an improper hip position can really slow down the speed of a sprinter.
For endurance runners, it's recommended that they do not lift their knees too high, and take shorter strides, as taking longer strides consumes more energy.
Long distance runners need to spread out that energy over the long run, hence, it's better that they take shorter strides. When you land your foot on the ground, make sure that your ankles are flexed, so that you can create more 'jump' in the push-off.
By using these techniques you can avoid a chance of causing long-term harm to your joints, neck, and the back. These can also be used as running measures to lose excess weight. After all, running is one of the best cardiovascular exercises, and one which will help you burn fat quickly.