With the weather getting warmer each day, it is very tempting to get outside and go for a run. Running can be great exercise, as well as a lot of fun, if performed correctly. Many running injuries are caused by simple mistakes that can be prevented easily, if you have the knowledge of how to properly run.
Many people don’t know it, but their running technique may be potentially harmful to themselves. It is important to make sure you have a proper running stance, so as to maximize your energy while running, and preventing injuries, such as shin splints. It is also crucial to buy the proper kind of running shoes and clothes. Constricting clothing can limit your range of motion as well as make you sweat more, accelerating the process of dehydration. Incorrect shoes can lead to many kinds of injuries, and proper running shoes maximize your ability to run properly.
It might seem overstated, but hydration is often overlooked. Even if you don’t feel dehydrated, you can be. It is very, very important to make sure you replace fluids as they are sweat out. Lack of hydration can lead to dizziness and fainted, so be sure to drink water before, during, and after a run.
It is also very important to stretch before and after a run. Stretching warms up your muscles and frees them up to run. If you don’t stretch, you can also get hurt while running. Cooling down afterwards is also important, because it brings your heart rate and breathing back to normal. Make sure you choose a route to run on away from major roads and intersections. Safety is key when going for a run.
Some of these steps may be complicated without the proper knowledge. Make sure you contact a physical therapist so they can advise you and help you set up a plan. Planning is key, and can prevent serious injuries from occurring.
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