Running is easy right? Well, the more experienced you get, the more you realize how much good form matters in terms of avoiding injury. The right breathing techniques can shave minutes of your marathon performance and boost your sprint performance. So maybe running isn’t as easy as most amateurs think it is. Let’s look at some of the best tips I’ve found over my running career.
Loosen your grip on your upper body. Relax. Too much tension will slow you down, and take away a lot of the pleasure of running. What’s more, excessive pressure can increase the chances of injury, especially when it comes to knee injuries. A great way to help you relax is by meditating while you run.
Get massages. Yes! This one is a fun tip. A massage can help you recover from a workout faster. In terms of a race or a marathon, a sports massage can actually prepare your body for action as well. Make sure you find someone who is qualified to give sports massages. Otherwise you risk receiving a massage that won’t actually help you that much.
Stretch before and after. I can’t belief how many people ignore warming up and cooling down. Don’t be one of these people. Start off slow, and finish slow. Do some dynamic stretches at the start, and finish with some static stretches to loosen up your muscles. You’re body will thank you the next day.
For the best form, your legs should move like the hands of a clock. According to shape.com, a consistent circular movement is needed. Have a look at any professional runner, and you’ll see this smooth, round movement.
Here’s a video explaining some of the best techniques to allow you to run faster and avoid injury. I won’t type it up, because frankly you have to see these techniques. It’s one of those things, reading about it won’t help. The only way to learn is to understand what to do and go out and run!