With the warm weather on its way, it is with no surprise more and more runners will be doing what they love; RUNNING! Although many of us think running is just a matter of putting on your workout wear and a pair of “running” shoes and away you go is not that easy; there is more to running than we think!
THE PROS AND CONS:
Running has many pros and cons that we should all be aware of and educated on in order to avoid injuries and strains to the body. Running is a great form of aerobic & cardiovascular exercise which helps burn unwanted calories, strengthen bones and muscles and most importantly keeps the heart healthy. While running has many benefits it can also pose strains and sprains in muscles and can increase the risk of injuries to multiple body parts including the knees, feet, ankles, etc. It is always best to run on even, soft, flat grounds and avoid paths that can potentially cause unwanted injuries such as running up or downhill or running on paths that are not evenly graded. TIP: Remember to always take a rest or slow down your pace if breathing becomes difficult or painful!
HOW TO AVOID COMMON RUNNING INJURIES
Speak to your physiotherapist, he or she will advise and educate you on the most common running injuries that can be avoided and/or treated should you sustain one. These injuries can include one or more of the following: Runners Knee, Stress Fracture, Shin Splint, Achilles Tendinitis, Muscle Pull, Ankle Sprain, Plantar Fasciitis, IT (Iliotibial) Band Syndrome, Blisters and Temperature Related Injuries. Ask your physiotherapist if the shoes you are and/or planning to run with are designed to give support and stability. Believe it or not every shoe is made different; from a walking shoe, hiking shoe and running shoe; not one gives the same functionality. It is imperative that a “running” shoe provide support and stability while in the forward running motion and should have more cushioning on the forefoot. Having the right “running” shoe can help avoid the risk of injury.
Runner’s cramps are also very common during a run mostly due to the lack of proper breathing. Cramping can occur in the side or lower abdominal area, also known as side cramps; they can also occur in the stomach and in the muscles. To avoid almost all of these cramps be sure to practice deep lung breathing, keep hydrated and keep your electrolytes balanced. Make running fun, not painful!
ACCESS REHAB HAS YOU COVERED
If you plan on making running one of your physical activities this summer, make a visit to Access Rehab, Physiotherapy in Markham, and speak with one of the physiotherapists on staff or even schedule a consultation to become educated and treated to prepare your body for this great form of exercise.
“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” – Oprah Winfrey