Some of the most common injuries we help treat are caused by running. Running is a great way to exercise and is more popular than ever. There are a wide variety of benefits gained by regularly running, both mental and physical. However, it is important that you are taking the necessary precautions to cut down on your risk of becoming injured when you are running. In this blog, we will look at three tips to keep you on your feet and injury free.
Warm up and cool down
Before your run, it is important to get warmed up. Light aerobic exercise is a great way to do this. After your run, don’t forget to cool down by slowly jogging or walking for five minutes, followed by stretching.
Develop good technique
It might not be very intuitive, but there is a “right way” and a “wrong way” to run. Developing good running form is something that is important to lock in early, otherwise you’ll have to spend time unlearning your bad habits.
Know when to rest
When you start running, it can become addicting. Making progress is exciting, but you need to know when to take a rest day. Listen to your body and take a day off when necessary. It can be tempting to try and push through the pain, but in certain cases, it is much more important to allow your body to recuperate.
Running is a great way to get in shape, and with these tips, we hope that you’ll avoid injury. If you do end up needing a podiatrist in Tucson to help get you back on your feet, we can help. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!