Face Relaxation
A form exercise that teaches runners to relax their jaw muscles and face muscles

Instructions:

  1. Have kids make a "motorboat" sound by blowing air out of the mouth with vibrating cheeks and lips.
  2. Then have them "motorboat" while jogging in place.
  3. 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 "motorboating."

Performance Points:

  • Encourage kids 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.

Training Specifics:

When: Early in the season and repeated as necessary

Benefits:

  • Teaches kids to relax the jaw and face muscles, which can also lead to relaxation of the neck, shoulders and other parts of the body
  • Increases body awareness which prevents wasted energy, decreases straining, and promotes more comfortable running