Simple changes to your posture and technique can make running fitness dramatically increase. In general you are designed to run a certain way, matching this posture will save you energy, help you run faster and put less pressure on your joints. From the bottom to the top, here are some simple things you can do to increase your running fitness.
1) Your feet could be the most important part of your body when it comes to running. They are the part that makes contact with the ground and has to deal with the most shock. Overtime your foot hits the ground it can create forces 3 times your body weight. These forces can be used for you or against you and it all depends how your foot hits the floor.
In the video below I explain the different techniques and how to make them work in your favour.
2) Your knees and hips are the next joint you come to, they are they joints that create most of the power because they are covered in big powerful muscles. Making sure these joints are in the right position are the key to build better running fitness and leg strength.
Lift your knees as your leg comes forward, this does 2 things. The first things it does is makes the muscles at the front of your hip work and gives you better momentum. Secondly it brings your knees apart, if your knees are close together as you run they will probably be on the inside of your foot. If this is the case your knee will damage quickly.
3) The shoulders and upper back work together, they act like a pendulum for your legs. Your arms should swing forwards and back so your momentum stay centred. If your arms come across your body your momentum goes from side to side.
Twist gently at your upper back, this helps your arms. You can find that many people get this the wrong way around and twist their back with little arm swing.
4) Upper back and head; this can determine the posture of the rest of your body as much as anything else. Your head position needs to up and centred. With your head up you’ll tend to extend your upper back and have a straight line between your ear shoulders and hips. Relax your shoulders, if you are tense in your neck and shoulders your arms will not move as much. If your arms don’t move as much you’ll energy and make another part of your body pick up the slack.
Use these 4 simple techniques to help you stay injury free and build better running fitness. If you’re unsure how to make this happen in your own programme book a free consultation and we can discuss running training packages.