Running isn’t just about your legs or how far you’ve run. It’s an all body workout and if you utilise the right muscles, you’ll run faster than you’ve run before.
Here are a few tips to set you up for your best run yet…
1. SWITCH THAT STOMACH ON.
Before you set off, tense your stomach so it’s nice and tight (remember it needs to be switched on but not so tight that you can’t breathe!). When our stomach is switched on, our energy is focused on moving forward. We minimise rotation (a waste of energy and inefficient) and become solid when hitting the ground. This also gets you a great set of abs without doing thousands of sit-ups in the gym!
2. IT’S ALSO AN ARM WORKOUT.
We see so many runners that don’t use their arms. Basic tip – the quicker your arms go, the quicker your legs will go. These should be in sync with your legs, don’t swing them across your body, swing them backwards and forwards and just think “eyeline and back pocket”, this will ensure they’re not too wide… and when you get tired, just move them quicker!
3. CONTROL THAT STRIDE.
Overstriding leads to injury because you end up putting all your force through your calfs. One way of controlling this is just think “feet underneath my body” – if you think about your feet landing underneath your hips, it will happen.
4. CONTROL THE BREATH. DON’T LET IT CONTROL YOU.
In order for you to be nice and rhythmic your breathing should be relaxed and in sync with your stride. If you find yourself starting to breathe faster, reset yourself by counting to 10. Being in control of your breath will ensure you stay relaxed and in control.
Don't forget to replenish your muscles with our The Multitasker post workout #MakeEverySweatCount