One reason forefoot running is better than heel strike running is that it positively affects upper body posture! When it comes to preventing harmful impacts when running, your upper body posture is just as important as foot strike! Research has found that a subtle forward lean goes a long way in phasing out damaging impacts because it pushes your body weight forward, aligning it closer to initial foot strike position. This effectively closes the distance between your center mass and initial foot strike position, which is whats needed to reduce time spent braking. Even better, landing with a forefoot strike when running allows your upper body to tilt forward with greater ease whereas the farther back you land on your heel, the more your upper body leans backward! Read more here!
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.