Run, Reader, Run! | The Fastest Way To Cardio
Running may seem easy, but it's a battle of endurance and stamina against your own body. Today, we'll be tackling the ways on how we can streamline our running habits for a healthier you.
Running is often the most suggested exercise for those who want to do some cardio workout or lose weight. It makes sense. Everybody feels winded after a short burst of running. However, running isn't just about short bursts of high speeds, unless you are Usain Bolt. To lose weight, you have to learn how to run for long periods of time without getting winded. There's a reason why running is considered just a warm-up by most fitness instructors. Today, let's discuss some ways to maximize our running capabilities.
Remember, while these tips are all backed up by medical experts, every person is different. The best tip that we can give you is to find a running mate. In doing so, you have someone to accompany you and give tips as you perfect your form especially for the first few times you go out for a jog.
The Proper Way to Run
Let's tackle the fundamentals of what makes a proper running technique. Your posture and pace may dictate how far you’ll go by the end of a session, so it's important to know what and what not to do.
Always look straightforward. Avoid looking down because not only will you get more tired, it also puts unnecessary tension on your head and neck.
Release the tension.
Relax those shoulders. Running should be free and flowing, not restrictive and stiff. Eased muscles promote easy breathing as well, making running easier.
Sway your hands with purpose.
Relax your arms, but don't let them flop around either. Keep those hands steady without stiffening.
Keep your arms at 90 degrees.
Maintain your motion – rocking your arms forward and backward. Swinging them across is just extra energy wasted.
Steady those hips.
Hips can rock a lot while running, but try to minimize it by running with purpose. This is to prevent lower back pain after a session.
Kick forward, not upward.
When running, make sure that your feet are pushing you forward and not upward. Most times, the upward kick feels like you cover more distance, but what it's really doing is causing more strain.
Stay light on your feet.
The biggest killer of legs while running is a hard landing. Think of the elves in high fantasy. When they are described as quick, it is often also said that they are silent while doing so. This rings true even in our world. A light foot means less strain and less energy, meaning more fuel and endurance for running.
Breathe deeply with rhythm.
"Easy as breathing" is not a saying that rings true while running. Often times people do short, hard breaths that just make them more tired. Instead, do rhythmic, deep and slow breaths while running. Panting makes us look, feel and sound tired, so it's best to let the sweat handle our body's tiredness.