Improve Your Natural Running

August 8, 2017 / ASICS Australia
Natural running can help improve your physiology and make you a stronger runner.
Improve Your Natural Running

By allowing your foot to move naturally, specialist running shoes help to strengthen your lower leg muscles and improve your gait. Check out our natural running shoes

But natural running also demands more of you as a runner. To be fast, you need to work on certain muscle groups that are more necessary in natural running.

It comes down to 2 areas: stretching and strengthening.

Strettching

You should do stretching exercises during your warm up.

What to do:

  • Foot stretch (sitting)

What it does: Helps to prevent injury in the sole of your foot, such as plantar fasciitis.

How long? Hold for 30 seconds.

  • Foot stretch (kneeling)

What it does: Helps to prevent injury in the sole of your foot, such as plantar fasciitis.

How long? Hold for 30 seconds.

Strengthening

You should do strengthening exercises:

  • after a light warm-up run

  • on a rest-day

  • after a hot shower

What to do:

  • Calf raises

What it does: Improves your push-off by working your calf muscles and the plantar muscles along the sole of your foot

How long? 15-50 repetitions for each leg

  • Toe raises

What it does: Trains your shin muscles and helps you develop a smoother gait cycle from heel to forefoot.

How long? 15-50 repetitions

  • Toe grips

What it does: Strengthens your plantar muscles and arches.

How long? Pull the towel 15-50 times.

Combining your strength training with runs in natural running shoes is the best way to improve your overall technique. Also, come shop our full collection of running shoes and running clothing today!