I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m no runner, unless I’m being chased by a bear. (Thankfully, now that I’ve left Los Angeles behind, I probably don’t have to worry about this.)
But I am a stickler for proper form, whatever your sport or activity. Proper form can decrease your chance of injury and your likelihood of pain. So if you’re tying on those running shoes for a long jog around town before work, consider what your form looks like and if it might be causing you problems.
Proper running techniques
Last fall, we posted an entry about how to avoid running injuries, focusing on how your exercise routine can help you stay healthy. Now that temps are warming up and more people are lacing up, it’s time to pay attention to how you run. Here are a few things to look at:
“Poor posture while running can affect running efficiency, as well as breathing efficiency. Stand up tall with a big chest and your shoulders back,” says Jeff Rothstein, an exercise physiologist and Director of Sports Enhancement at the PT Center for Sports Medicine, a Physiquality network clinic in Akron, Ohio. Poor posture may also be a cause of side stitches, cramp-like spasms that will bring your run to a close quickly.