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  • Writer's pictureAnnaka Hogelin

It's the little things...

Updated: Feb 13, 2019

Balance is key for runners. Because, well, that's what running is! I have talked with a number of people who believe that they "can't" run. They think this because they currently don't run fast. In reality, the difference between running and walking is that when you walk, you always have a foot on the ground. When you run, you spend some time in the air, with neither foot on the ground. So, if you can do this, you can run!

But note, each time you land, you only land with a single foot. This requires great balance for the runner to 1) stay upright and 2) use the body efficiently while running.

I've been to a number of running groups and there were always balance exercises. But in the busy life style that so many of us live, balance exercises can be difficult to integrate with everything else we're doing.

So my favorite way to incorporate this into my daily routine is to practice balance while brushing my teeth. Since it is recommended that you brush your teeth for a full two minutes, this is a great way to add balance exercises to your day. Two minutes in the morning. Two minutes in the evening. Your balance should quickly improve and, once you are confident, try it with your eyes closed!

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