Steps per minute

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What is the ideal number of steps per minute, regardless of your pace? The correct answer is 180 steps. Proper running form makes you a more efficient runner. Not only will your turnover improve, but your landing shock will decrease, causing less damage to your legs.

Next time you are out running, try this simple trick to calculate your stride rate:

  1. Count the number of times your left foot hits the ground during 60 seconds.
  2. Next, multiple that number by two.
  3. BAM! You now have your steps per minute.

If your count is below 180 don’t frown, over time try to increase your turnover by taking quicker steps. At first this will feel unnatural, give it some practice and you will run faster and reduce impact.

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