When it comes to getting in shape, running is where most people think to start. And that’s because running is one of the best forms of exercise you can do!
Scroll down for fitness professional Erica Stenz’s running tips or watch the video above.
Why Is Running So Good For You?
Besides burning major calories, running is a full-body workout that helps build muscle and strengthen bones. It has also been linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, lower risk of developing cancer and lowering body weight.
The list of benefits for running is endless. And the best part of it is that it doesn’t require any special equipment to get started. All you need is a decent pair of running shoes.
Erica’s #1 Tip: Finding The Right Running Shoes
When looking for a running shoe, you want to be sure you find one with plenty of support and comfort. If your shoes don’t fit properly, it can cause alignment problems that can lead to painful injuries.
If you’re unsure of the right fit for you, find a shop that specializes in carrying running gear and ask a clerk for help.
Tip #2: Proper Alignment When Running
To help prevent injury, it’s important to run with proper alignment. Erica recommends leaning forward to help evenly distribute your weight as your run. Keep your shoulders relaxed and away from your ears.
While swinging your arms, remember to relax your hands and keep them open. Your movements should feel as natural as possible while you run.
Tip #3: Always Stretch Before And After Running
Stretching before and after a run is important for keeping your body flexible and preventing your muscles from injury.
Below is one of Erica’s favorite stretches for running:
The Lizard Pose:
- Start on the floor with your right knee on the ground and your left leg in front of you. Your left leg should be bent and foot flat on the ground.
- Reach both hands down to the inside of your left foot, then slowly walk your left foot out to about 2 O’clock. Open your left foot out to the side and feel the stretch in your left inner thigh and right hip flexor.
- If you can, drop down to both forearms and hold here for 30-40 seconds. Repeat this stretch on your opposite leg.
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