The weather will soon be warm enough to run outside everyday as the spring season nears. A lot of us will be going outside after months of being bundled up in the comfort of our homes and will be anticipating a much-needed breath of fresh, warmer air.
The only problem is this could cause some of us to do too much, too soon. According to RunnersWorld.com, that’s one of the keys to running healthy and injury-free.
Don’t try to do too much, too soon and too fast. Your body needs time to adapt to increases, so if you didn’t exercise through the winter months, don’t think you can pick up where you left off last year. It will take time to get back to that endurance level. Also, your muscles and joints will need time to recover, especially if you exercise on a chilly day.
Doing too much too soon is bound to result in an injury which will force you to do nothing but take time off to recover.
Running injuries don’t usually sneak up on you, so listen to what your body is telling you. Do you feel aches, soreness or pain? It’s time to focus on those issues before you push yourself too far. Visit Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine if you are feeling these types of pain before continuing your running routine.
Buy running shoes that best support your foot. Don’t buy cheap just because they are cheap. It’s vital to purchase shoes that will support you so you don’t fall victim to an injury because of poor fitting shoes.
Also, RunnersWorld.com recommends you keep a detailed workout log to keep you motivated and injury-free. Be sure to note what you did, how much you did it for, and how you felt during and after it. This will help get you into a routine that fits your body’s comfort level.
Click here to read more tips for running.
If you are feeling any pain after running, please don’t hesitate to contact Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine for treatment.