Running is one of the healthiest physical exercises when it comes to sports, but few people know how to do it well. Find out how to do it correctly.
Running becomes one of the best ways to stay in line and enjoy good health, thanks to the fact that it consists of a type of physical exercise that helps us strengthen our muscles and lower joints, strengthens our lungs and our heart, burns fat and also improves our health in general.
But when it comes to getting this physical exercise correct, and especially when it comes to avoiding discomfort or getting hurt, it is essential to know the proper technique for running.
Posture when running
- Your posture should be relaxed, never tense or hunched, keeping your shoulders relaxed.
- The head should be in a neutral position, which means it can’t be too high or too low.
- Keep your elbows at a 90-degree angle, swinging your arm back and forth away from your leg (it will help you stride better).
- Keep your hands closed or open, but always following the line of the forearm.
- Avoid tension in the hands, and above all tighten the fists.
- Always keep your hips forward.
How to run correctly?
It is essential to run with the front of your feet, letting the heels have little contact with the ground. It may be easier for you to start running barefoot at home, which will help you better discover what the most natural running posture looks like.
How to breathe correctly?
Breathing is essential during sports practice, breathing with a certain rhythm being essential (in this way you will be able to provide your body with the oxygen it needs constantly).
Try to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, which will help keep your throat from bothering you (which happens if you breathe only through your mouth).
Tips when running
- Stretch and warm up: for at least 15 minutes before physical exercise, stretching and warming up both the muscles and the joints. It will help you avoid injuries and discomfort while running.
- Breathe correctly: it is essential to not get so tired, especially if you do it correctly.
- Hydrate properly: dehydration is something that should always be avoided. Therefore, drink a lot of water, 15 or 20 minutes before running.