What is Good Posture for Runners?

Running is a healthy activity that many people want to do in their daily life.

Some experts believe that running can improve the blood circulation effectively. There are many benefits offered by this activity. Because of that reason, many people do regular running exercise frequently. However, all runners should keep their proper running posture position. Some of them may ask, “What is good posture for runners?”.

Many running experts believe that there are some proper postures that people should do when running, for example pose running.

All runners should have proper posture, so they can improve their overall health and performance.

proper running posture

Moses Mosop From Kenya Running Posture

Here are some useful posture building tips for all runners. 

1. Keep the head up

This is the first position that all people should have when they are running.

proper running head posture

This position can prevent any injuries that may happen on the neck or head. Some experts believe that this position is the main key for all runners to get perfect posture. All runners should look ahead naturally and scan the environment.

This position can bring a good alignment between back and neck.

2. Relax the shoulders

This is another tip for runners who want to get proper posture when they are running.

It is important for them to relax their shoulders. Shoulders are very important to keep the upper body balance. For getting optimum performance, all runners should keep their shoulders low and loose. They should not have high or tight shoulders, so they can avoid any shoulder injuries.

3. Run with torso and back upright

This position becomes very important for all runners. They are able to run well and properly with this posture position. They have to run with back and torso upright, so they can run very quickly. Proper torso and back position can improve the flexibility of the runners’ body. Therefore, they are able to run easily without having any issues. 

4. Use the arms to create good body balance

Arms are very useful to create good body balance in most people.

proper running arm positioning

Therefore, all runners should take advantage of their arms. They have to maintain the position of their arms when doing this regular activity. These arms are very useful to control all tensions on the upper body. Most runners know how to swing their arms back and forward naturally to improve their performance.

5. Push off the ground properly

Many experts recommend this tip for all runners from around the world.

It is very important to push off the ground properly. People need to push the ground with their maximum force. They are able to run very quickly by having proper feet position. However, they also need to take a look at their ankle position.

These ankles should be flexible enough to avoid ankle injuries.

It is important for all runners to maintain their proper posture position. Running is a healthy activity when it is done correctly. People should also have some warming up exercises before they do their running activities. These exercises are very useful to prepare all muscles to work properly when running.

Having a good posture is very important for all runners who want to improve their running performance.

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What Is A Back Brace?

Do you think that good posture is only a cosmetic issue?

Well, if yes then you are completely ignoring the relevance and importance of it.

When you stand straight with good posture (or if you are running for that matter), you will not only look thinner and taller but confident too. If you look at the pictures of one person, and find him standing tall in one and slouching in another, he would probably appear like two different persons and you would also have a different impression of him altogether.

Back Brace From MMAR

Back Brace From MMAR

Secondly, while you are slouching and not standing upright, your body does not get sufficient oxygen.

As a result you might gain extra pounds and become exhausted. By using back braces for correct posture, you can start building those muscles in a way that it allows you to stand upright. But what is a back brace and how it benefits your body is important to understand.

A back brace is basically a wrap around or a back support which goes around the body to support the bony structure and muscles of the lower back. The basic purpose of this corset or belt is to curb the movement of the spine. It helps to reattain your musculature in order to uphold your back in an upright position without much effort and also improve back posture and lower back pain. Painful back conditions like slipped disc, Sciatica, sarco iliac joint pain, spinal stenosis, facet syndrome, degenerative disc disease can all benefit from wearing a back brace. A recent study has shown that wearing such a brace slows the advancement of the most common form of scoliosis in adolescents, helping them escape painful spine injury. It has also proved very helpful in cases of post operative fusions or fracture. It is also used as a preventive measure in case of some progressive conditions.

Posture Brace From BraceAbility.

Posture Brace From BraceAbility.

There are two basic kinds of back braces, that is, rigid ones and soft ones.

Rigid Back Brace

Rigid braces are made up of materials like fiberglass, nylon and velcro, thereby allowing greater comfort, better adaptability and fit.

In some cases wearing such a belt is not only helpful but important too, such as, when the trunk musculature has been exhausted to the level where it is impossible to support the weight of the upper body and even normal movement is harmful to the healing tissue. In such a case restricting the spine becomes essential until the muscles can recapture enough power and strength to restart their normal role.

Rigid braces are also recommended for people with degenerative discs, herniated discs and spinal stenosis.

Soft Back Brace

On the other hand, soft braces are made up of neoprene or elastic. These provide muscular support and also serve the purpose of a reminder to not move beyond a convenient range.

Soft Brace From Posture Now.

Soft Brace From Posture Now.

These have been recommended for people with mild disequilibrium of the lower back and arthritis.

Although braces may require you to curb some activities but it is an indispensable component to the fruitful treatment of your spinal disorder.

The support of the braces provide not only speedy healing and recovery but also prevent any further injuries at the same time.

Ref.

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22744524
  2. http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/spine/getting-treatment/conditions-treatments/bracing.cfm
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