What’s Jo Pavey’s top tip for good running form?

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What’s your top tip for good running form?

Ensure you have good biomechanics in your hips and pelvis. In some runners, when their foot strikes the ground, their opposite hip drops too much, as muscle weakness prevents them from maintaining their pelvis in a neutral position. Good moves to strengthen this area are side-lying leg lifts and slow one-legged squats.

Restricted hip extension – common in those who sit in an office for most of the day – creates poor form and may also cause problems in the hips and lower back. Tight muscles at the front of the hips cause the pelvis to get pulled forwards, arching the back. The kneeling lunge stretch is a good move to stretch your hip flexors.

Glute strength is vital, too. Maintain strong glutes with the bridge: lie on your back, knees bent, feet on the floor. Raise your hips off the floor so your body is straight from shoulders to knees, holding your pelvis level. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat.