Running is an amazing way to exercise. From boosting your confidence, to losing weight (and even fighting off disease), why NOT run? In this article, read about the only thing that could slow you down – an impending injury—and how to radically reduce the odds of every developing one.
Spend Time (and Money) on the Right Pair of Running Shoes
Being immersed in the world of running means one thing—not all shoes are alike. In fact, it may even be that there is only one pair of running shoes that correctly, and accurately works with your running style and frame of your foot. If you’re concerned about injury, it’s so important to make sure that you’ve been fitted properly for the right shoes before stepping foot on the track or treadmill.
Head to an athletic or sports store that’s staffed with knowledgeable employees who can help you find the right pair, based upon the structure of your foot, the type of running you do (is it sprinting or long distance marathon running?) and your running style.
Include Enough Rest Days in Your Workout
Whether you’re running to lose weight, or you’re preparing for a 10k marathon next month (and determined to beat last years’ time), you need to remember that you can easily face fatigue—unless you incorporate enough of a rest in between workouts. Give yourself one or two days off to let your muscles repair, and until you’re properly gotten your energy back to where it was. Otherwise, you’re not doing your joints, ligaments and muscles any good by increasing your odds of injury. When you approach running this way, you’ll be able to make great strides in your athleticism, without putting wear and tear on your joints (which drastically improves your ability to fight off the risk of injury!)
Prioritize Your Training or Workout
One of the biggest mistakes that runners make is incorrectly strategizing a running program that will amount to progression without injury. If you really want to excel as a runner and minimize injury, don’t focus on how long you can go or how many miles you can sustain at any one time. Instead of focusing on intensity, put your energy on increasing with less intensity, but continuing to keep up that momentum for a longer stretch of time. For example, if you’re used to having intense running session each week (which kills your knees), focus on increasing the intensity by only 5-10% each week.
For some runners, it’s a weight loss program, while for others, it’s a lifestyle. Whatever your reason to run may be, keep yourself safe and injury-free by giving yourself adequate rest days, the right pair of shoes, and prioritizing your running workout. Then, enjoy the speed and the satisfaction of a healthy life that running provides you!