Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Let's Run To Get In Shape? Slow Down On That Idea....

Putting the right foot forward

Starting off on the wrong one can make you trip

Ok, Enough with the puns. My favorite spring pastime, besides baseball, is observing the new runners out there. Yes, you have seen them too:

You see, there are four really important parts to running:
  1. Posture - good spine control while running is important
  2. Cadence - how often and at what frequency you strike the ground
  3. Midfoot - too much heel is bad for your back, too much toe is prancing!
  4. Lean - proper placement of center of gravity
Not everyone has the proper form for running, but believes it is an easy and economical way to lose weight. But it's not when done incorrectly. It can become a huge expense and burden on ones time to heal from running injuries.

The number of injuries per 1000 people is pretty low, but the chronic injuries can reoccur  in a half to two thirds of runners reporting injuries. Runners World had a pretty comprehensive article on many of the injuries that can occur while running and how to best avoid them. You can find it at this link.