so what exactly is "proper form?"
If you hate running, why have you decide to include it in your workouts ??
Originally posted by willy
i hate running, always have. but i have recently decided that i need to include it in my workouts. so i have a couple of questions for the runners out there
Depends on how you're running. I've been advised:
so what exactly is "proper form?"
jogging: hands up high, head level, long steps.
sprinting: knee recovered quickly, relatively short steps.
Hill running: very tall and strong, almost bound up the hill.
Some or all of this may be wrong though. Basically, as long as you aren't injuring yourself, you don't need to worry too much about form until you reach a plateau.
A word of warning about running with backpacks, etc, as advised in some military-style workouts. Do NOT carry more than you need to. When I was 14, I seriously screwed up my knees and was unable to walk properly for months. When I could run again, I found myself unable to handle more than half a mile. Luckily, a marathon-running uncle was on hand to help out.
If you want to save your knees try running barefoot.
It is more natural, you must stay on your toes and this protects your knees and other joints from the impact when you hit heel first.
start slow, and on 'softer' terrain
funny looking site, but they have a lot of good info.
After 2 weeks and many miles later at the police academy, 5 people in the class are doing alternate PT(including me) due to cumulative injuries. Yay.
I think hannibal has it right on in his first post, second paragraph. I personally prefer running on the streets, though I will not endeavor to say it is good for your knees. I feel that running is bad for them period, and it is more comfortable for me to run on the street...if you want to save your knees, however, listen to hannibal... this will buy you more time.
Another thing that will help you out in your martial arts is running just prior to a workout. If you are going to class to work on conditioning this is a great thing (you will be absolutely smoked before you start, and this will help you build endurance) but if the class will be geared towards form then make sure you don't run so you can start out fresh. It does you no good to try to work on form when you're dog-tired.
ive been wondering about this............im a big kid (fat) about 17 - 18 stone which is 252 lbs or slightly less and im 6'2
would u recomend running at all as with this amount of weight on my knees wont it **** them up?
i cant run a mile lol but when i run i do about 400 metres then walk a bit then another 400 walk and then run home........id like the think the block is just under a mile
any advice? i also do at least 4 workouts a week now which include a 25 - 30 min cycle, about 8 - 10'000 metres depending on how much time ive got
i run alot. You should learn to pace yourself. for example, you should be able to know what is 75% of your full run, and switch it up. I did a program like this to start out:
MW---2mi run 50 first mi -75% last mi
TR--3mi run 30-50-75%
F--4mi whatever pace
MW--2mi run 50 first mi -75% last mi
T 3 mi run 30-50-75%
R 4 mi run 30-50
F try for five miles
etc... I'm lucky because I live where there is a lot of grass to run on. I highly recommend it. Getting good shoes is the key. I used to run in adidas sambas and my knees would hurt all the time after running. My dad is a good runner so he got me some really nice shoes for my Bday a while back. now I feel like jesus walking on water.
Form is important, but its kind of hard to show on the internet. I suggest gettting a runners world mag and checking up on it...
Oh and stretching is critical, especially for guys who have a lot of 'stones' to them.. Do all sets of leg muscles at least twice.
Start out slow then work your way up to your speed, then pace your self for distance. if your doing sprints it better to have a short slow jog beforehand.
thanks mate, lol i got flat (ish) feet too? does this impare?
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