Health Tip: Use Proper Form When Running

For starters, hit the ground with your heel.

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(HealthDay News) -- Using proper running form can help prevent injuries and make running a little easier and more comfortable.

The American Council on Exercise mentions these suggestions:

  • Bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle and keep them close to your body, with your hands relaxed.
  • Relax your shoulders and keep them down; drive from your shoulders, not your elbows.
  • Avoid leaning forward at the waist, but keep a slight forward lean at the ankles.
  • Lift your knees higher as they move forward.
  • Hit the ground with your heel, rolling forward onto the ball of your foot. As you lift your foot off the ground, push off with the front of your foot.
  • Hold your head steady and level, and try not to bounce.

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