How To Avoid Running Injuries

sports injuriesRunning is a great way to stay active, maintain a healthy weight, and keep your cardiovascular system in great shape, but it can also be hard on your joints and leave you at risk for injuries. You don’t have to give up your daily run, just use the following tips to prevent running injuries.

Make Time For Cross Training

It may seem strange that the first tip has nothing to do with running, but cross training helps you improve your strength, stamina, and balance which means you’re less likely to slip, fall, or twist an ankle. Make time for weight lifting, yoga, pilates, swimming, or other alternate exercises that strengthen your whole body.

Invest In The Right Shoes

Your shoes are a foundation for your whole body so it is important to invest in a good pair. Don’t just throw on your favorite pair of sneakers, invest in shoes that are good for running. In general a good running shoe is lightweight, snug (but not too tight), and flexible. Your shoes should provide traction and support, so you’ll usually need to replace them every 300-500 miles you run.

Keep Your Energy Levels Up

You’re much more likely to make an error that leads to injury if you are tired or hungry. Make sure you’re well rested before you start your run and have a small snack before you head out the door. If you’ll be running for more than 7 or so miles, you may need to bring some snacks to keep you going.

Pace Yourself

It is important to set goals to keep yourself motivated, but if you try to run too far or too fast before you are ready, you’re more likely to injure yourself. Build up to your goals gradually to keep yourself healthy.

Don’t Ignore Injuries

Listen to your body and rest your joints and muscles when you need to. If you suffer an injury, seek treatment right away. Running on an injured ankle or knee could lead to much more serious injuries in the future. Instead of pushing yourself to continue, visit a specialist and start healing before your injury becomes more serious. To learn more about protecting yourself while staying active visit one of Action Sports Medicine & Pain Management’s locations in Queens or Long Island, New York.

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