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Tips for Practicing Right Running Form

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Several runners are observed shuffling, rocking, flowing and others rolling – each one having his/her trademark sprinting technique making him/her easy to identify from afar. Even though sprinting forms differ in every person, trainers consent that postural tweaks and foregoing dire habits would certainly translate to more efficiency, pace and staying power.

Right sprinting posture is ability which sprinters should be committed to learn in case they are keen on bringing about all-rounded improvement.

Tip 1

  • Keeping the head held upright and focussing eyes to the fore. Studies have shown that maintaining this posture helps in improving oxygen intake & sprint saving by 1%. Such methodological tweak would instantaneously help in subtracting half a minute from a fifty-minute 10000metres running race.
  • Maintaining head straight and looking on the street in front ascertains one’s general sprinting posture – it helps in keeping the body properly aligned by impelling the person in running straight & stress-free.

Tip 2

  • Keeping the shoulders relaxed since they don a vital part in keeping our bodies calm.
  • The shoulders must be hanging freely & low parallel-wise to the floor rather that elevated & taut or dipped side-to-side.
  • Releasing all tensions that linger in the torso by doing some shoulder-shrugging and shake-out moves of the arms.

Tip 3

  • Running tall and keeping upper body & back erect which permits one in opening pace and running with greater efficacy.
  • In case one excessively leans forwards it only strains the areas of the shin, back, Achilles tendon and knee thus shortening pace.
  • When one leans excessively backwards it produces a slow down effect and places strain on the leg and back areas which lead to over-striding.
  • When one runs tall sans too much leaning it averts unneeded slants by maintaining proper hip alignment and balancing total posture.

Tip 4

  • Using arms for balancing the body, conserving energy and propelling leg forwards.
  • Arms don a crucial part in proper posture since they help in synchronizing with the opposing leg.
  • The rhythms of arm motions coordinate the efficacy and forward motion of leg.

Tip 5

  • Carrying arms in-between midriff and trunk, bending elbows perpendicularly and avoiding unneeded tensions by maintaining wrist area free and unclenching hands. For ideal pace efficacy, driving arm forwards and backwards rather than athwart the body. In case one feels tension in the forearm area or your fist grasping then dropping the arms and shaking off the strain.

Tip 6

  • Gliding with one’s stride. For averting stride inefficacies, taping the foot on the floor direct underneath the hip. As the foot brushes the floor in a gentle manner the knee would bend on-impact.
  • When one lifts the knee, concentrating on raising it to an extent that allows the leg in swinging forwards.
  • Overstated knee-lifts leads to ineffectual and energy-lowering stride.

Tip 7

  • An apt foot-strike would take the sock out of one’s landing and replacing it with a silent, bouncy and supple foot stand.
  • Gentle landing would mean your foot hitting the floor in a straightened line amid heels and mid-foot.
  • Flexing of the knees are to be done to a slight extent to assist in absorbing shock, landing ideally on the outer edging of shoes and gradually rolling inwards to the balls of the feet.
  • Preferably, the foot touches the floor in a gentle swaying movement distributing the shock on the complete foot.
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