Running for exercise is not for everyone – but if you currently run, or are thinking of taking up running for exercise, then the following may be of benefit to you:
Useful Tips For Preventing Running Injuries
1. Strengthen the areas which are vulnerable.
2. Buy and utilise the correct footwear.
3. Use the correct running posture.
4. Warm up before your running workout.
5. Gradually step up your running program.
6. Cool down appropriately to minimise stiffness and soreness.
Correct Running Posture
1. Keep your shoulders back and down, with your chest lifted and tummy tight. The body should be leaned slightly forward without bending and the waist.
2. Look out ahead, not at the ground. Keep your eyes on the horizon.
3. Don’t clench your fists as this sends tension up the arms.
4. Land midfoot, instead of striking heel first like in walking.
5. Absorb shock better and protect the knees by maintaining a short stride with a slight bend in the knee as you land.
6. Focus on keeping the legs relaxed and lifting the feet up to avoid fatigue in the muscles.
Check with a health professional, such as your chiropractor or muscle therapist for advice that is unique to your specific needs. Each body is different, so to adopt generic advice is not wise, nor will it assist in prevention or overall achieving of goals.
Preventing injuries involves listening to your body and basic common sense, so make sure that is Number One on your list!