Running is a sport that stretches your body and mind at the same time. According to iconic running champions this form of sport is a kind of meditation that lets you fly away no matter the distance, allowing you to connect to yourself from the moment you take off, land and reach the finish line – or whatever goal that you have set yourself.
If you set out to achieve your personal best with every run that you do then you will need to be armed with the techniques and moves that will make your run as efficient and speedy as possible. Watch our video and read more for a powerful running experience.
Start by choosing the right running shoes and perfect your warm-up technique to get your muscles stretched and ready to move. Here are a few tips and techniques to help you get the most out of your run, by training your body to run with power, force and agility.
When running, your body requires a lot of oxygen as a result of heavier breathing and more demand on the lungs – your heart will also be pumping more blood around the body which needs oxygenating to feed all your cells with oxygen, so you can see just how important breathing is. Although breathing through the mouth allows more air to flow into your lungs, the body can’t turn it into carbon dioxide fast enough, so it is more effective to breathe through your nose and out through your mouth to steady the breath pattern as you run. Finding the right pattern of breathing while running is essential and will also help you to find your natural pace. Some runners find the 2-2 or 2-3 pattern effective, which means that you run for 2 strides while taking a breath in, and follow with 2 or 3 strides and breathe back out. Try running with different types of breath patterns until you find the best method for you.
Moving your arms in the correct way will give you that extra push to propel your body forwards. Effective use of the arms is also essential for making the whole body more balanced while running.
After each run your body will need time to recover. Don’t ignore this phase as it’s an essential resting period that will allow your body to prepare for the next challenge that it is faced with.
For more information and tips on your running technique see our Running series and check out the SSS Running page with its exceptional rage of running gear. Find everything you need at Sun & Sand Sports online.
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