A form exercise that teaches runners to relax their jaw muscles and face muscles
Tags: high school, form
- Have runners inhale deeply and then, while exhaling, make an audible sound by vibrating the cheeks and lips.
- Then have them try the exercise while jogging in place.
- The main purpose of the activity is to give kids a tool for recognizing unnecessary tension when they run. Going forward, cue kids to relax their jaws by reminding them of this activity.
- Encourage runners to drop their jaws and relax their faces as they blow out through their lips.
- Remind them to relax the shoulders and hands as well.
- Have runners maintain optimal running form; see the Form 101 segments for more information.
When: Early in the season and repeated as necessary
- Teaches relaxation of the jaw and face muscles, which promotes relaxation through the body, prevents the waste of oxygen and energy, and leads to more comfortable running