When it comes to how to run properly, one thing you don’t want to do when running is land heel-first (heel strike), as shown above. Another mechanical wrong you should avoid is to run too upright with your upper body posture because it may be an obstacle to sustained forward momentum. How so? Running too upright is a significant producer of drag and an excessive brake force duration period, exposing you to increases in musculoskeletal loading and a greater risk of injury. Not to mention, it’s becoming increasingly evident in the research that running too upright has failed to show any clear benefits on bringing measurable relief of shin or knee strain or improvements in running economy. Thus, running with an upright upper body posture can be considered a substantial mechanical error you may want to avoid in efforts to lower energy costs and protect your legs, especially your knees. Read more here about why running with a forefoot strike coupled with forward leaning may put you on a safer, more efficient path forward as compared with heel strike running!
BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
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