ON the treadmill.
Hello everyone and happy Thrivin Thursday!
We are going to spring board off of last week’s topic of toe yoga right in to how to not run like an elephant on the treadmill, hehehe.
I bet you’ve all experienced that person who sounded like they were going to break the machine, themselves or both. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen this and had to refrain from telling them they are not allowed to run again until they see a Physical Therapist.
Whether you are running on a treadmill, concrete, trail, or sand, your goal should be to run as efficiently as possible so that your movements help to pull you forward and not actually slow you down.
EFFICIENT running occurs when your foot hits the ground just beneath you and PULLS you forward.
INEFFICIENT running occurs when your foot hits the ground in front of you and has to BRACE for impact; slowing you down, increasing force throughout the lower extremity, increasing risk of injury and not to mention, making you a very LOUD runner.
Hopefully you’ve seen the road runner cartoon where that dumb, dumb, coyote can’t seem to catch the road runner. (You tube it if you haven’t seen it.) You’ll see that the road runner’s legs move in a circular pattern. This is because he’s obviously the most efficient runner ever, and his legs are hitting the ground just beneath him and are pulling him forward as explained above.
WHY YOU DON’T WANT TO SOUND LIKE AN ELEPHANT ON THE TREADMILL
Increases the chance of plantar fasciitis, shin splints, & achilles tendonitis
You are making your body work harder
Don’t by that guy or girl. It’s just annoying.
HOW TO NOT SOUND LIKE AN ELEPHANT ON THE TREADMILL
Increase how many times your feet hit the ground (cadence) which will help reduce contact to the heel
Drive your knee higher when you swing it forward
Try to position your torso more forward, over the foot, so when you hit the ground your chest is over your foot!
If you try these helpful tips and are still the loudest person in the gym or are having pain when you run please feel free to make appointment with us and we will help get you running efficiently!