Saturday, August 24, 2013

Random Running Tips // Use Your Arms

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Random Running Tip // Use Your Arms

One of the easiest ways to keep up your momentum and pace is to swing your arms. I don't know why, but when your arms are moving, your legs will keep moving.

Pay attention next time your pace slows. What are your arms doing?

They might be moving, but most likely they are slowing down too. Or just flapping around. And then you realize how awkward you must look. (It's ok...we've all been there!)

Believe it or not, moving your arms actually helps your body use energy wisely. Letting them fall limp will run your ragged in no time. So to pump some power into your stride, do these simple things:

1. Bend your arms at a 90-degree angle and keep them parallel to each other.
2. Keep your shoulders down and relaxed. Roll them back slightly to push your chest forward a bit.
3. Swing your arms back and forth, not up and down. Not side to side either. Your fists should be going out in front of you, not across your body.
4. Keep your core muscles (abs) engaged so you are not turning your torso when your arms move.
5. Pump them faster when you want to pick up your pace.
6. If you start to feel fatigued, re-evaluate your posture and arms...a simple fix will revive your run.

Bonus Tip: Practice in front of a mirror! Watch yourself move and make sure your torso is not turning. Your arms should be moving at your shoulders, but your back/shoulder area should not be twisting. Neither should your hips. Tighten your abs to keep everything in line.

Swing away! And...

Run happy. :-)

**Please remember that I am not a trained professional. This tips are sent your way friend-to-friend and based solely on my own experience and research. Please listen to your body and run safely!