How to Run Faster : Step 2, Technique

alex lakhanpal runningAs is the case with any workout regimen, it’s always important that you evaluate where you are currently and consult with your physician in order to avoid injury. Furthermore, when incorporating a new exercise routine into your daily life, it’s also wise to do so gradually in order to avoid burnout (or injury). If you are just beginning the process of working out, that you spend time researching what activities make sense for your body and interests. Choose something that is fun or a challenge, that will help keep you motivated.

And, for those of you that are already active runners looking to improve your time or challenge yourself even more, I would suggest that you evaluate yourself. First of all, physically, what are your weak spots? Dealking with knee problems? Do you chronically sprain your ankle? Asthma? Shin splints? Poor alignment? Whatever the physical ailments may be, big or small, do a full evaluation and take steps to correct them. You should do this in concert with your physician.

Unfortunately, running can exacerbate many of these physical problems, and if you are trying to improve your speeds, you need to know that you and your body are on the same page.

Once you have taken care to evaluate any injuries or issues that may inhibit your speed, the next move is to reconsider your current technique. The video below discusses some of the best ways to increase your running speed just by making small tweaks to your current running technique. This includes everything from moving your arms directly forward and back to good vertical posture and not bouncing up and down when running.

How to Run Faster : Step 1, Drop the Baggage

We’ve all had that moment. That moment of nostalgia for the days when we were  in our peak physical condition. For those of us who were athletes during our prime, it may be somewhat unrealistic to expect that we can capture the exact same level of physical conditioning that we once had.

However, you may be surprised by what your body can still do, even if it’s been a while since you last donned your track shoes.

Instead of trying to recapture your time, or weight, or lifting capacity of your former self, simply focus on improving from where you are right now. Re-assess your goals. Is your priority to look a certain way? Or is it to enhance the quality and longevity of your life? Be realistic. Do you have eight free hours a day to devote to training? Or would you rather have one or two brief workouts a day that pack in dynamic movements, so that you can spend more time with your family?

Before beginning a new exercise regimen or training schedule, these are all important things to consider and should shape how you approach improving your overall health.

Below is a video that talks about how to set yourself up for success as you begin to transition into a new exercise program. Two of the main takeaways include clearly defining your goals and motivation, as well as a gradual progression into the training program.

Enjoy!