Believe it or not, as simple as it looks, running is actually a very advanced form of exercise.
Think about it - you're propelling yourself forward on one leg, catching your entire body weight with your opposite leg while asking your body to coordinate movement across almost every joint in your body.
Not to mention that with every stride, your placing 15x the weight of your body onto your ankles, knees and hips.
When you think of it like that, it's no wonder that it's never a matter of IF you'll injure yourself running, it's WHEN.
This is why it's crucial to ensure you're doing everything you can to improve the mechanics of your stride as well as strengthen your body, specifically the muscles around your ankles, knees and hips.
Since knee pain is the common complaint from recreational as well as professional runners, let's start there.
Below are 2 videos that will help you.
The first one is a very simple knee stability exercise using a small mini band.
And the second video takes you through a quick 10 minute routine to that should help alleviate "runner's knee" - pain on the outside of the knee during or after running.
Even if you don't have pain when you run right now, it's a good idea to start incorporating these exercises to hopefully prevent an injury from happening in the future.