For most runners, running is more than just a form of exercise, it’s a way to de-stress, get their heart pumping, and push their bodies to their limits. Most runners have had to deal with running injuries at least once or twice in their running careers. Its not only painful but also keeps them from the thing they love.
As a runner, what can be done to prevent injury? What can improve the experience of running and prevent future injuries?
There are a couple ways that every runner can stop running injuries.
Start small or not at all
Every time that you run you put pressure not only on your legs and feet but your entire body.
If you try to overexert yourself and run too many times a week and for too long that pressure can take a toll on your bones and joints. This can cause an injury.
However, training properly is key. Start out with small distances and gradually over time increase those distances. Your body will be able to build up the strength to absorb that pressure. This will prevent something from going wrong.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, so just remember that when it comes to wanting to run long distances and for long periods of time.
Diversify your exercise routine
It is important to not use running as your only form of exercise.
It is important to add strength training into your routine. This will give your body rest from the pressure of running, and build the muscles that you don’t use while you run.
Also building up and strengthening your muscles will protect your bones and joints and help to increase your stamina while you run.
It may surprise many to understand that something as simple as staying hydrated is a way to prevent a lot of injuries.
Staying properly hydrated can also prevent heat exhaustion and dehydration.
It is recommended that the best way to make sure you and your body are properly hydrated is to start drinking water a couple hours before you exercise, as well as every 15 to 20 minutes while you are exercising.
Talk to an expert
If you are worried that your form is off and causing injury, or that you already have an injury caused by running make sure to talk to a doctor familiar with sports medicine and have them check you out. Inquire about tests to see ways you can improve or adjust your running if you feel like something is off. They can also advise you on how much and for how long you should be running. A good training schedule that fits you and your body is always key.