This is a contributed post by Ellie Jo about exercise.
Running is a wonderful way to get and stay fit. The beauty of running is that you don’t need to pay for any long-term memberships Plus you can run whenever you want, and it takes you to many wonderful places in your local area.
Once you start running, you very quickly become caught up in the idea of improving your form. Some people want to run faster for longer, beating their old times and setting new distance records. Others want to just run and enjoy the journey. Again, this is what makes running great as there are ways to compete against yourself and see progress. You’ll find many running tips and advice out there, but did you know you can improve your running form with one simple tip?
All you need to do is get yourself a pair of proper running shoes. How will this help? You might think running shoes are just there for the aesthetics, but they genuinely impact your form in numerous ways. Here’s why you need to get yourself a proper pair:
Reduce Muscle Fatigue
That’s right, a good pair of running trainers can reduce muscle fatigue when you run. This is because they’ve been designed to absorb the impact of your feet hitting the ground. In essence, your muscles and joints don’t feel as much force as they would if you rain in regular sneakers. Therefore, you’re not going to get as physically tired as quickly as you used to. It means you can run for a bit longer than normal, or at a quicker pace.
Increase Your Pace
Speaking of your pace, it’s not just the shock absorption that helps out. Have you ever held or worn a pair of shoes that were specifically made for running? If so, you’ll notice that they are incredibly lightweight. This added lightness plays into your hands when you’re running, making it feel like you’re running with socks on. It might not seem like a huge weight difference, but it makes it so much easier for you to run at higher speeds. There are scientific studies that prove this, with most experts believing that a reduction in shoe weight lets you swing your legs more efficiently to run faster!
Improve Stability And Reduce Injury Risks
If you have unstable joints while running, a couple of things are likely to happen. Firstly, you are unable to reach your potential as your muscles have to fight extra hard to stabilize your joints. This usually means you have to run slower than you’d like. Secondly, you are more likely to twist an ankle or sprain a knee, landing you with a visit to your local urgent care walk-in center. Proper running shoes are designed to add more support and stability to your joints when you run, limiting the risk of injuries and making your joints more stable. Again, this means your legs don’t have to work so hard to stabilize, so more effort can be put into running.
The best running shoes for you won’t always be the best for everyone else. You should shop around and learn what kind of running shoes you need based on your running style, foot shape, and so on. It’s more complicated than you think, but there are loads of resources out there to help you make the right choice and improve your form.
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Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.