Despite misconceptions around training longer or harder, the pro’s suggest we can focus on 3 things to improve our running form and reap the rewards.
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1. Stability is Key
Good bodily alignment is key to any run. Allowing your hips to pop out to the sides creates instability. Top coaches suggest working on gluteal muscles. These enhance body alignment and improve running form.
In order to work on these muscles, try single leg workouts such as single leg squats and lunges. Start next to a wall to start - this helps with stability. There are no prizes for performing these exercises without good form, so concentrate on getting the form right before moving away.
2. Warm Up Properly
Due to time constraints, recreational runners tend to spend 5 minutes stretching before heading out of the door. The pro's tend to spend 30-60 minutes warming up, to slowly begin movement in the muscles and remind them of the correct form.
Simple exercises such as calf raises, single leg squats and running in place with high knees (with good form please) remind the body of how it should be moving.
Whilst time is a constraint, performing the correct warm up can allow you to get the most from your run whilst also preventing injury.
3. Get a Coach
Ever considered getting a coach? Whilst pro athletes have the time to train with coaches, a recreational runner trying to bang out 5 miles before work may not consider a coach.
However, taking the time to work with a coach for as little as 3-5 sessions will allow you to learn some of the key alignment tips and warm up drills to progress your workouts further. The guys over at WE RUN are on a mission to bring professional running coaches to recreational runners. Check them out.
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