Running is not only an excellent form of exercise, but it's easy to start. There is no need for an expensive gym membership or fancy equipment and it is a great way to promote cardiovascular health. Whether you're a beginner runner or have logged many miles, it's important to ensure you are taking proper care of your knees and spine so that you can keep running for years to come. Here's what we suggest:
1. Use The Proper Running Equipment:
While running doesn't require as much equipment as other sports and activities, it's important to invest in appropriate equipment. Proper shoes are a must for runners. Unless you've purchased the pair before, avoid buying sneakers online! Go into a running store and have your running style assessed (how your foot falls, the type of arch you have, etc.) so you can purchase the best shoe for your foot. A good pair of sneakers is worth investing in because they protect your ankles, knees, and hips.
2. Try Orthotics:
Orthotics aren't just for the elderly! During your next appointment, take a few extra minutes for a quick foot scan. This will tell us which orthotics will most benefit you, giving you the strong base you need for high impact exercise.
3. Takin' It Easy:
Unless you are already running regularly, be sure to start slow. During your first week, run about one mile, then slowly increase the distance each week until you reach your goal. Even if you have been running for years, remember to pay attention to your body. If you notice you are getting easily burned out, it will make it more difficult for you to stick with running. Keep your pace manageable, but still challenging. Cardiovascular exercise decreases stress, and should be enjoyable!
4. Avoid Running On Concrete:
Running on hard surfaces is particularly tough on your muscles and joints. Running is high impact, and that can lead to problems preventing you from more runs. Try gravel, a track, the beach, or grass.
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