The New Year is here which means that everybody is trying to shed those extra few pounds they put on over the holidays. Many of these people are heading to the streets and pounding the pavement, Rocky Balboa style, to do this while others opt for a conveyor belt in the cozy confines of a gym. Of course, we are referring to running.

Unfortunately, many of us have really bad form when it comes to running, which can limit workout efficiency and lead to injuries, neither of which would be good for you as you work to get leaner. Even the slightest deviation from proper running form – uneven stride, improper foot strike, arms crossing the body – can leave you with mystery aches and pains.

But fear not. You don’t have to be an Olympic sprinter to make the most out of your runs. Here are my top five tips to ensure you are running as effectively as possible.