Running, everyone does it. Whether you are trying to lose weight or get active, It’s the best exercise beginner and expert alike.
But there’s one problem. You’ve probably been running the wrong way the entire time. I don’t mean direction. I mean how your feet hit the ground every time you take a step to make yourself run faster. Called the “Heel Strike”.
The entire time? You might be thinking. ” This guy thinks he knows what he’s talking about”. Nope just want you to be saved. Saved from the consequences of shin splints.
Shin splints caused by the type of activity that you may be performing; running for instance. Tenderness and swelling of the lower legs.
Very common with runners. “Sounds painful,” you say. What if I tell you that you can prevent this just by running the right way.
Stop striking with your heels
This is the issue you are facing. You run like your walking.
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Try striking the middle of your feet or the ball of your foot. Did you jump before right? Or ran in place? That’s how you should be running.
Improvements almost instantly(… or at least lessen the impact of shin splints)
When you run the right way, as in running with the ball of the foot, you get the full range like jumping with every step you take. Almost gazelle-like. When you Heel strikes, your shins take that force; the whole impacted of the strike of the concrete or hard ground that your running on, then, in turn, give you shin splints.
Adjusting the way you run
Remember in the Matrix when Neo opens his eyes for the first time? Blurry and unfocused? That the best way to describe the feeling. The first time you run using the balls of your feet, it’s going to feel awkward. You might even want to go back to your old habits. Try your best to stay consistent. That Calf muscle pain comes up. That’s the first time in forever using them. That will subside when they get used to it when you run this way. Is your speed slower? Don’t worry just like your muscles aching, you should get used to this then running at the same speed you once ran in no time.