The ABCs of an athlete: how to improve your running technique?


The ABCs of an athlete: how to improve your running technique?

Asher Brown

Asher follows the latest trends and fashions. He is fond of luxury clothing and accessories, especially watches. Asher’s interests include tennis and travel.

08 May 2024

If you want to introduce a physical activity into your daily routine, it is worth choosing one that you enjoy. Nothing is more discouraging than things done out of compulsion. More and more people are opting for running training. Whether jogging outdoors or running under controlled conditions on a treadmill. The effectiveness of such training largely depends on our technique. With our tips, you will learn how to run technically correctly. Find out that running training can be effective and enjoyable at the same time.


How do you prepare your body for running?

How do you prepare your body for running? Firstly, remember to warm up. We know you may consider this a waste of time, but properly warmed-up muscles are less prone to injury. Look at professional athletes, they always start with a gentle warm-up. Secondly, it's worth weaving strength training into your daily routine too. Why? This will improve your physique and your running technique will also improve significantly. Thirdly, remember to be systematic and consistent. You don't have to, or even should, train every day. Set yourself training days and recovery days. The worst thing you can do is overtrain. The consequence will be a loss of motivation, energy and, in the worst case scenario, injuries.


Fourthly, focus on your breathing. Sound silly? Adequate oxygenation of the body is extremely important; after all, muscles also derive strength from oxygen. Remember that systematic stretching after training is just as important as strength training and warm-ups. Tensed and stiff muscles are the easiest way to get a painful injury. Fifthly, remember to wear the right footwear, matched to the surface you will be running on. Proper cushioning is very important. It is also worth getting the right sports watch so that you can keep track of your progress. Among the many suggestions, look out for models from brands such as Suunto, Garmin, Coros, Polar, Garett as well as G-SHOCK.


Running training with the SuuntoPlus Stryd app

Combining your Suunto watch with the Stryd sensor is a solution to accurately monitor your running metrics, such as running power, leg spring stiffness, vertical oscillation or contact time. This information will allow you to better understand your performance and improve your running technique. The SuuntoPlus Stryd app allows you to monitor data in real time and provides valuable tips to improve your technique. What's more, with the Stryd PowerCenter platform, you will be able to analyse your running workouts and plan new workouts based on the information collected. It's a great tool to improve the quality of your running workouts. Can the SuuntoPlus Stryd sports app and Stryd sensor be paired with any Suunto watch? This is possible with the following models: Suunto Race, Suunto Vertical, Suunto 9 Peak Pro, Suunto 9 Peak, Suunto 9 Baro, Suunto 9, Suunto 5 Peak, Suunto 5 and Suunto 3.

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To install the SuuntoPlus Stryd sports app on your Suunto watch, first open it on your phone. Then go to the SuuntoPlus shop and search for the Stryd app and install it on your Suunto watch. Once the Stryd app is installed on your watch, go to the exercise settings on your watch and select the Stryd sport app in the SuuntoPlus menu. The watch will automatically connect to the Stryd sensor. If there are problems with the connection, you can try selecting the app again. You can then start an activity with the Stryd sport app to track live data from the sensor during your run. Once the activity is complete, the running data will be automatically saved and available in the Suunto app and Stryd for analysis. You can check detailed information about your workout, such as distance, pace, cadence and other parameters. Combined with the Stryd sensor, the SuuntoPlus Stryd app allows you to precisely monitor your progress and customise your training. This allows you to train more effectively and achieve your sporting goals.


Effective ways to improve running technique

There are different types of exercises that can help improve your running performance and your running technique itself. For example, leg spring stiffness refers to the ability to effectively use the elastic energy of the legs when moving forward. To improve it, itis useful to perform plyometric exercises such as skipping or jumping in place. Another parameter that can be improved through appropriate exercises is vertical oscillation, i.e. up and down movements during running. Exercises that focus on posture, rhythm and body alignment can help reduce this oscillation and thus improve form, and running efficiency. Another important element to improve is ground contact time, which is the length of time the foot remains in contact with the ground during each stride. To reduce this contact time, it is useful to do exercises that strengthen the muscles and tendons to lift the foot more effectively and reduce resistance during running.

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By improving these three parameters, you will be able to increase your running performance, improve your technique and reduce the risk of injury. It is important to regularly perform a variety of exercises to help you develop different aspects of your running, which will ultimately improve your performance on the course. Therefore, it is a good idea to integrate different types of training, such as strength training, interval running, plyometrics or functional training, to develop both the strength, flexibility and endurance needed for successful running. Also remember to warm up properly before training and stretch afterwards to prevent injury and ensure optimal conditions for the development of your running skills. Doing a variety of exercises on a regular basis will not only help you improve your fitness but also enjoy more efficient and enjoyable running.


Run with pleasure and with a sports watch

Running can be extremely enjoyable. But it's worth putting in the effort to perfect your technique, and a modern smartwatch with a range of useful functions can help. You will find a wide range of smartwatches for runners in our online and stationary shops.

Watches for runners

Asher Brown

Asher follows the latest trends and fashions. He is fond of luxury clothing and accessories, especially watches. Asher’s interests include tennis and travel.