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Stretch Before Running

Monday, 07 January 2019 00:00

Many people enjoy running as a form of exercise to maintain cardiovascular health, in addition to losing weight. An effective method that can be implemented, which may possibly prevent injuries from occurring, may include to properly warm up and stretch before beginning a run. It may be beneficial to undergo a physical examination before embarking on this sport, and this may pinpoint any health issues that may be present. Additionally, if you set realistic goals about your running, it may aid in promoting safety and possibly prevent overexertion. It is suggested to wear appropriate shoes while running and this may ensure a proper fit. If you are considering running as a hobby or sport, it is advised to speak to a podiatrist who can properly educate you on preventing running injuries.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Ronald Sheppard of Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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