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By Dr. Philip Pinkser
May 28, 2013
Category: Running
Tags: Exercise   Running   posture  

If you are a runner, you know that there are several things to think about to make every run as effective as it can be. Proper posture is one element of the running form that will help you move efficiently, conserve energy and avoid injury. Foot specialist, Dr. Phil Pinsker has treated many runners with injuries and even a small complication can have you sidelined indefinitely.

What kind of posture should I have while I run?

When it comes to finding the right posture, start at the top and work your way down.

  • Your head is the starting point and will guide your overall posture. Look ahead naturally and keep your chin parallel to the ground. This will also help to straighten your neck and back.
  • Think of the two “L’s” when it comes to your shoulders: low and loose. You may be tempted to hunch them up as you get tired so try to focus on keeping them level as you run.
  • Your arms should be kept bent at a 90-degree angle and swing forward and back, not across your body. Keep your hands relaxed as clenched fists will use energy and create tension.
  • If your head and shoulders are where they should be, your torso will follow. Run straight and tall to promote optimal lung capacity. This will also maximize the length of each stride. Keep your hips facing forward instead of swinging side-to-side.

This may seem like a lot to think about and may take some practice but it will pay off. If you are a runner struggling to find a rhythm because of foot pain, our podiatric office in Washington, PA can help. Call us today at (724) 225-7410 or visit us online www.washingtonfootdoc.com

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