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RUN SNACK – B.A.L.A.N.C.E

Single-leg balance. How good is yours?

It may surprise many of you (as it did me), that lack of control over your single-leg balance can have broader-reaching implications in your running gait…specifically relating to increased injury rates.

Simple exercises like standing on one leg while moving the free leg about, standing on one leg on uneven/unstable surfaces (balance boards are good for this), and eventually including strength movements to these exercises, are great ways of rapidly improving single-leg balance and control.

As it is primarily about activating the muscles – rather than developing strength – improvements are gained quickly. The key is to do it regularly. Oh, and do it on both legs too!

See you out there – Juddy

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RUN SNACK – THE ART OF DOWNHILL

I’ve touched on it before, but there is a skill to running (well) downhill. And it’s a skill that you (the runner) would be smart to put some time in to developing.

Running downhill can be stressful on the body if done poorly – potentially high impact, large braking forces, and tentative running.

With some practice however you can learn to soften your downhill running stride and become more efficient and economical – with less stress on the body.

Without going into it too much – there’s too much for a blog post – my main advice is to run light and to keep the feet moving quick. Fast and light generally means you’re feet end up closer to where they need to be at footstrike, and you’re braking forces are less.

See you out there – Juddy

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