Increase Your Running Cadence to Reduce Impact

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Taking quicker steps is one of the few proven ways to reduce running stress and save your knees.

A running stride is as unique as a fingerprint. Many factors—running history, speed, leg length, leg alignment, and injury history—influence how you run. Consequently, the search for one unifying set of stride mechanics—one “ideal” running pattern to improve performance and reduce injury—is unrealistic.

That’s why blanket advice about foot strike, barefoot running, arch shape or shoe characteristics has limited effectiveness in reducing running injuries. There just isn’t a one size fits all fix. While you shouldn’t be told how you should run, there may be some value in being told how you shouldn’t.

Some runners actively try to lengthen their stride or over-stride in the belief that covering extra distance with each step will improve speed. That gait…

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