While it may seem years away after such a brutal winter, warmer weather is on the horizon. As the snow and ice begin to melt, thoughts often turn to enjoying the outdoors and sunshine once again. Typically, this time of year brings about a surge in exercise and outside activity as people seek to get in shape for summer and enjoy the warm weather. One of the more popular activities to pick up with spring and summer is running. Races ranging from 5k to marathons begin to pop up on nearly a weekly basis. It seems there are no shortage of those lacing up their running shoes when the temperatures begin to rise, and while running is a great form of exercise, it isn’t always as simple as it looks.
For all runners, and especially those who are new to the sport, there are some important precautions that should be taken to avoid injury. Once a mishap takes place, it can be infinitely more difficult to get back on track and the setback may be enough to completely deter brand new runners. Here are a few tips to keep you going and injury free:
- Start Slow – Too much too soon is a common reason for injury in any sport but especially in running. Those just starting out often underestimate the level of difficulty and push too hard to pick up speed or distance. Instead, set reasonable goals, allowing the body to gradually adjust and recover.
- Stretch – Warm muscles are more flexible and have a greater range of motion. Stretch before a run to keep muscles warm, pliable, and less prone to injury. Stretch after a run to keep soreness at bay.
- Get the Right Shoes – All sneakers are not created equal. Some are good for basketball, others for weight lifting. Some are good for sprinting, and others are ideal for long distance runs. Finding the right type of shoe for the specific type of activity is perhaps the most important component. Additionally, foot type will also be important to consider, as those with higher arches will require much different support than someone with flat feet.
- Visit a Chiropractor – Very few realize how dramatically their spinal alignment affects their ability to run, and the fact is, most of us have bad habits or previous injuries that have lead to less than perfect alignment. To keep the body nimble and capable of handling the impact of running, see a chiropractor for regular adjustments.
Running has a lengthy list of benefits. Runners are happier, fitter, and healthier overall. Furthermore, it’s an easy sport to pick up, as it can be done nearly anywhere and requires minimal investment to get started. Despite this, it is important to keep in mind that running is physically demanding and should be approached according to skill level and with all means of appropriate support.
Whether you’re considering taking up running for the first time or are a seasoned marathoner, chiropractic care offers enormous benefit. To learn more and begin your own treatment program, contact SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers and request your appointment in our Gastonia, Belmont, or Denver office. Simply click here to get started.