Monday, June 8, 2009

Running Relaxed Is A Skill That Improves Speed

Improve the skill of running relaxed and you will run faster! That's almost too simple! Having a tight, rigid, unrelaxed running style will slow you down....I have seen more than one athlete with this problem.

Part of the correct running mechanics includes running relaxed! Besides helping you run faster, relaxing will help you avoid injuries.

Here are some pointers to help you relax your running style:

1. Do a dynamic warmup before your workout or game. A dynamic warmup will prepare your body best for practice or games. Do static stretches after your workout or game (when muscles are warm) to increase your range of motion.

2. Make sure your "power center" is flexible. An athlete's "power center" consists of the glutes, hips, quadriceps and hamstrings.

3. Your hip flexors need to flexible. Tight hip flexors cause many problems, including problems with your glutes and hamstrings. Check out my eBook, "Sports Fitness Hut's Hips and Glutes Training Guide for Athletes!"

4. When you run, remember to relax your face, shoulders, arms and torso. You want your body to work like a "well oiled machine."

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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