Don’t Run Heels First
Avoid striking the pavement with your heels—save that for your power walks. “When you walk, you keep one foot in contact with the ground, while running has a moment of weightlessness in the stride,” says Alex Figueroa, a running coach and creator of Priority1 Wellness in Miami Beach. Running with a heel landing can contribute to back and knee pain.
Do Land on the Midsole of Your Foot
Landing on your forefoot (instead of your heels) allows your muscles to catch the weight of your body in flight, reducing the effects of impact on the joints and bones, says Figueroa.