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So many of us are trying to improve our running times and fitness. More are just starting out on making running a part of an active healthy lifestyle.


Here are a few basic running tips to help get you where you want to be:


1. Lean forward: Lean forward at sternum, the middle of your chest, (not your head! ) Holding your shoulders back, your chin high and your chest proud and forward, you will be making the most of gravity and momentum.

2. Make a quick transition with your feet: Striking with the heel is not the end of the world. Its what the heel is for. However as you gain speed, it is best to keep that ground strike at the midfoot or forefoot level. Its difficult to run fast on your heel or slow on the ball of the foot. Overstriding and will lead to an unnatural heel stike position

3. Check Those Arms: swing the arms at the shoulder and maintaing a natural arm position is more and more pivital with increasing distance. That wild arm movement will sap energy and stationary arms dont capitalize on core strength and momentum

4. Short strides: Generally are more efficient. They will cut you unnecessary heel-on-the-ground time while promoting a midfoot strike. Try to aim for about 180 strides per minute. Many of the available fitness devices will calculate that for you.

5. Injury recognition: We all get aches and pains. The docs at Emerald Coast Podiatry are here to amke sure that those aches and pains dont become injuries that will take you out of your game. If the aches, gets your attention, let us give it our attention.