The Basics of Running Technique

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Running Technique

Charles Clement leads the nonprofit health organization SEARHC, which serves 18 Native communities in Alaska. As president and CEO, he is responsible for developing both long- and short-term goals for the betterment of the tribal communities. During his spare time, Charles Clement keeps active and healthy by running.

To get the greatest benefit from running, runners must develop good form. Running with good form also helps protect runners against injuries. One way to improve one’s form is by perfecting the foot strike. It is important to keep a straight line from the hips to the point where the foot lands. This reduces strain from aggressive over-striding.

To avoid shoulder and lower-neck strain, runners are advised to drop their shoulders and allow their arms to swing loosely at their sides. Keeping the arms too close to the body limits the arm-swing, which requires the runner to exert more energy with each stride.

Proper breathing is also key. Belly breathing – when the abdominal area expands during inhalation and contracts during exhalation – should be the goal when running. This technique enables the lungs to function at full capacity, giving runners the maximum-possible oxygen uptake.