Avoiding Common Mistakes While Running

Working out on your treadmill is a great way to lose weight, to stay fit or to enjoy a healthy body.  At the same time, it is possible to injure yourself if you fail to follow the proper form during your workout.  Therefore, in order to keep yourself safe from injury, it is important to keep a few things in mind.

Relax Your Shoulders

Many people have a tendency to hunch their shoulders when running.  Unfortunately, this places a limit on your arm movement and can lead to unnecessary stress on your body.  If you notice yourself tensing up and hunching your shoulders, make a conscious effort to relax your shoulders as you run.

Run Lightly

If you find yourself slamming your feet onto the ground as you run, make an effort to run taller and to land lightly as you run.  If you land hard on your feet, the impact has to be absorbed by your body and can increase your chances of injury.  Rather than bouncing as you run, try to keep your feet closer to the ground.

Run Tall

Many people have a tendency to lean forward too much as they run. Unless you are running on an incline or a steep hill, there really is no reason for you to lean forward.  If you do, you will place too much pressure on the front of your knees as well as on your lower back.  Run tall and straight rather than leaning.

Move Naturally

When you run, there is no reason for you to swing your arms a great distance.  Don’t run with your forearms swinging to and fro.  Rather, keep your hands near your body as you run and allow your arms to swing naturally.