Good Running Form [Infographic]

Whether you’re tackling marathons or jogging around the block, good running form is essential.
Four Simple Steps to Good Running Form

Via A Daily Does of Fit

Transcript: Four SimpleSteps to Good Running Form

1. Posture

  • Stand tall.
  • Point toes forward.
  • Reach to the sky to reset your posture.
  • Run with your head up and your gaze directed ahead of you.

2. Mid-foot

  • March in place prior to you run to reinforce the proper mid-foot strike.
  • Heel-striking and over-striding cause braking.
  • Landing on fore-foot can strain calf and achilles.

3. Cadence

  • Aim for a cadence of 180.
  • The find your cadence, count number of right foot strikes for 20 seconds and multiply by 6.
  • Run light and avoid pounding.

4. Lean

  • Lean from ankles without bending at waist.
  • Flexing at the ankle reduces unnecessary muscle strain causes by toeing off.
  • Use gravity to your advantage instead of excessive muscle force.

Common Running Form

Over-striding, heel-striking, & bad posture cause braking and torque, which equates to inefficient running & leads to many common injuries.

Good Running Form

Quick strides, mid-foot striking, & good posture prevent stress that causes strain and injury, while also making running more enjoyable and efficient.

About Yuri

I'm Yuri and I'm in a hurry to lose weight, get fit, and have fun doing it! This blog is a chronicle of a once fat guy's journey to fitness while training for a marathon—and beyond. You'll also find running-related gear review, links and inspiration.
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