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Are you a "Freestyle Phoebe" or a "Proud Mary"?

Now you are 6 weeks in to the Couch to 5K programme, you may have started to develop a running technique. But have you considered your posture when running?

Do you stand tall and proud or are you hunched over? How is your head balanced? Do you use your arms effectively or are you more of a freestyle "Phoebe".

Here are a few tips to consider when heading out for your next run.

Run tall

If you are hunched over, it can make it harder to breathe. Ideally you want to lengthen the spine, but not too stiffly, in an upward direction. This is turn takes pressure off the ribs and diaphragm enabling you to breathe more easily.

Carry & balance your head correctly

Did you know your head weighs approximately 5kg (or 11lb in old money) which is more than the weight of most new born babies! It is balanced on just 7 vertebrae in your neck and supported by your muscles to hold it in place.

You can create a lot of strain if your head is held in the wrong position. You should aim to be upright looking forward, allowing your arms to have a greater range of movement due to your shoulders not being cramped. Psychologically, it also helps not to look down at the floor too.

Feet and arms in sync

If your feet and arms are in sync, it is likely that your feet will land directly underneath your body rather than out in front of you. This helps to establish a more efficient stride. Arms should be bent at the elbow at 90 degrees and move backwards and forwards slightly across your body with your hands unclenched, which when co-ordinated can give a good source of power.

These tips can help you run with greater ease and efficiency which will hopefully make your run a more enjoyable experience so stand tall, enjoy the scenery and keep going.

You can download the official C25K app via the NHS website by clicking HERE where you will find all the information you need together with hints, tips and stretching advice.

It is never too late to start as the programme can be completed in your own time and fit in and around your lifestyle.

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