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Running Form Tips – Posture: Hip Location

Hips and Posture

Use these quick tips to make immediate improvements to your running form!

  1. Do not bend the small of your back. Stand tall.
  2. Keep your hips relaxed. This may be difficult but it’s possible and if you need to practice, do so.
  3. Lean forward from your ankles. Do not lean forward at your waist. You should almost feel like you’re falling over, but your legs “catch” you as you take each step.
  4. Keep your feet as close to your center of gravity as possible. This is much easier when you’re leaning forward.
  5. Keep your hips forward. If you’re leaning forward from the ankles, with relaxed hips and keeping your back straight, this should be easy. Your hips will be in line with your body.
  6. Do not “sit”. This is the same concept as #1. When the small of your back bends when you’re running, you’ll look like you’re squatting. It’s important to keep your back straight and your hips forward. If you’re “sitting” you’re not doing it right. It’s an easy way to give yourself a self-diagnostic.
  7. Don’t ignore your cadence. Keep your strides short. If they get too long, your weight will shift back and you may end up leaning backward.

Did you catch the discrepancy? How can you keep your hips forward while keeping them in line with your body? It’s the same thing. Keeping your back straight will properly align your hips with the rest of your torso. Then, when you are leaning forward at the ankles, your hips will still be aligned properly. Leave any other questions in the comments and I can answer them for you!

This is an article in a series about learning good running form. These articles are presented as quick-hitting, easily digestible tips which you can immediately begin to work into your form without worrying about too many things at one time. To see the entire series, click here.

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May 25th, 2012
Written By: Brett

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