Improving running technique
Bad running technique is like having the handbrake on when driving a car: however massive the effort, we simply don't make efficient headway. Amateur runners often don’t think of training their own running technique. But there are distinct advantages:
- jogging equally fast and far with less effort
- jogging faster thanks to more efficient moves
- protection from injuries and strains
2 effective exercises that are well worth doing
Exercise 1: Skipping
This helps with fallen arches: This exercise improves ankle elasticity. It teaches you to stabilise the longitudinal arch of the foot in every running situation.
Important: the big toe’s metatarsophalangeal joint must have full contact with the ground. If you manage to activate the longitudinal arch with every step, you can increase your speed and raise the swinging leg higher.
Dosage: 30 seconds per side, 2-3 sets with short intermittent breaks, 1-2 times per week.
Exercise 2: Crossings
This will improve your running technique and help you achieve an elegant and efficient running style: This exercise trains three important basic running principles:
- pelvis remains stable
- spine is straight and upright
- thoracic spine is free to move and rotates to the side
Dosage: Cross with the right leg for 30-60 seconds then with the left leg.
Amateur runners in particular will benefit from an analysis of their running technique, as it's often only then that technical errors are discovered. Anyone hoping to still be jogging in their later years is well advised to study their running technique. This can either be done with a treadmill analysis or, for example, in a running course.