What is quiet running and can it really transform your training?

what is 'quiet running'

Whilst a lot of runners will struggle to keep the momentum going during cold, winter training, a new study has found that 'quiet running', a technique involving softer, slower running, can transform your approach to fitness as winter rolls in. 

Related: 10 reasons why you should run when it's dark and cold 

Australian running coach Rick Mirabella believes that so-called 'soft running', where you reduce how loudly you're moving, can make all the difference when it comes to your running style.

"Seven times our body weight goes through our tendons and joints every time we take a step," said Mirabella. "So we need to try to limit that force." 

In doing so, faster-paced runs will become smoother, while overall risk of shin splints, knee and ankle pain could be reduced also. 

"For performance increase, we want to be spending less time on the ground and running a s**tload quieter," Mirabella said. 

When it comes to running, this technique suggests pacing at a cadence of 180-190 steps per minute. By reducing your cadence, you'll naturally be softer on your feet, softening the impact on your body and reducing force through your joints.

Related: Does running cadence reduce your risk of injury? 

If you're keen to try it, try to keep your body (and your mind) as relaxed as possible and go running without a pair of headphones. 

Easier on the ears and easier on the joints. Give it a shot this winter. 

A version of this article originally appeared on Men's Health