Monday, February 18, 2013

Guest Post- What You Need To Know Before Running

Since I can't seem to get my act together and manage my time better, I am sharing a guest post today! Hopefully I will write my own post later today??!!

Anyway here is a guest post from Matthew Kyle with Altra. I have no experience with Altra Shoes but I would LOVE to try some out one day!

Here is the post, hope you ENJOY it!!

 What You Need To Know Before Running

There are a lot of reasons as to why exercise does not appeal to many. Some are afraid of the pain or discomfort they expect their muscles to feel, while many others are put off by the adjustments they have to make to their inactive, unhealthy lifestyles. I remember the day I decided to make the switch to an active lifestyle. I started doing simple aerobic dance routines in the gym, coupled with a lot of stretching before and after. As I engaged in those activities, I still felt like there was so much unused energy in me. I began using the treadmill, for 20 to 30 minutes a day. When I felt I had enough strength and stamina, I started running outdoors. Running has since become my favorite sport, and now I even consider it as a recreational activity! If running interests you too, there are certain things you should know before you begin. 

Proper Running Shoes
The first thing you should get for yourself when you decide to run, be it indoors or outdoors, is a good pair of running shoes. You cannot run properly without good shoes. If you wear the wrong pair, you will end up in pain for sure. In getting new running shoes, you should first know about footstrike. It is the initial center of pressure on your foot as it hits the ground. Think of it as something similar to your walking gait. There is a certain footstrike that is best for running, and your shoes must support this by absorbing the impact. I use ALTRA Zero Drop footwear most of time because it fits me perfectly and the pair I own is suitable for any kind of terrain. It’s also a good idea to have more than one pair of running shoes, so that the wear and tear for each can be minimized. Some opt for minimalist running shoes or barefoot shoes, but it really depends your comfort level and what your goal in running is. Do not hesitate to splurge a little on your running shoes, because a high-quality shoe will do what it’s supposed to, which is to effectively reduce the impact on your feet so you won’t experience any pain or injury. 

Correct Running Posture
Correct posture isn’t just for standing or walking. When you have the correct running posture, you greatly reduce strain and free tension from the neck and your shoulders. This would lessen the chances of getting fatigued early on. In running, the placement of your hands and arms are important. You can use the force from your arms to propel yourself, thus, increasing your running speed. You should also keep your wrists loose to avoid tension. I keep my arms swinging from the shoulders - almost like pumping them from the front to back. I like to keep them away from my torso and abdominal area. I should add that you must keep your head upright in the middle of your shoulders. If you lean your head too forward or if you keep on looking down, your neck muscles may experience strain and fatigue. Lastly, be conscious of your spine. Keep your back straight while running. Having the correct running posture will make you run faster and farther. 

As I said, some people have a lot of reasons not to run; on the contrary, I have many reasons to do so. I run for recreation and for my fitness goals. I find running exciting and exhilarating. Running has helped me in many ways. You can learn more about it in this website.

About the Author
Adeline is a writer for Altra Zero Drop, and writes about running shoes and running in general.

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