Why are your neck and shoulders hurting while you run?

A lot of people experience pain in lower body while running and this is something that a lot of training can fix. On the other hand, thousands of runners experience pain in neck and shoulders. Recent study has shown that most of the amateur runners who run half-marathons and marathons experience pain in these two parts of body while running a big race. While there is no one simple reason for this, experts say that one of the main reasons is the bad posture.

As you probably already know, sitting is bad for you – both for your health and your posture. However, when you head out to run, all that years of sitting cause discomfort while you run and it is not going to magically disappear. As the world changes, so do the jobs and at this moment there are a lot more jobs that require sitting than ever before. Furthermore, we spend more and more time in front of the TV or behind a computer, on the Internet. Most of us are practically having a sedentary lifestyle and this is the first thing that needs to be changed. The first thing you should do is to take more smaller breaks while you are at work (if you can) and it does not have to be anything special – just stand up from your desk and take a short walk around the office and when you are finished, just go back to work. After that, start introducing small changes that could lead you to more activity throughout the whole day and not just in one part.

The problem is that we are subconsciously holding our shoulders close to our ears or pull our shoulder blades together, just to compensate for that bad posture. According to experts, this positions don’t have to feel uncomfortable from the beginning, however, if you run for a long time or a long distance, the neck and shoulder muscles could cause tightness and tension and as you continue running you experience more and more pain, in both neck and shoulders.

The good news is that you can stop it in the beginning and there is just one thing you need to do – be loose. As you run, try to make your movement as fluid as possible, which decreases the chance of experiencing tightness and tension in your neck or shoulders. If you are able to do this, you will be able to run faster and longer, since you will not be experiencing any pain.

Your hands must be loose at all times and there is a great way to do it and it is super easy – just imagine that you are holding a bag of potato chips in your hands and you don’t want to crush them! Furthermore, don’t bend your elbows too much and don’t make your shoulders stiff, just sync them to your stride, but make sure that you don’t sway too much, since your don’t want to lose energy and remember that it is all about fluid movement of the whole body.

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