Increasing the amount of exercise or running that you undertake has its benefits. However, it can come with an increased risk of injury if not performed appropriately. Various factors which may increase your risk of injury are being overweight, increasing your running distance or intensity too much too soon or wearing inappropriate footwear. You may find changes to your running pace or how many steps you take each minute can affect injuries too.
How to prevent running injuries
Good running trainers
Warm up/Cool down
Ensure that you spend enough time (roughly 10 minutes) warming up before your run. Perform some light aerobic exercise (marching on the spot, jumping jacks) and some light stretching. You can also warm up by walking at the beginning of your run. Once you have finished your run, ensure that you take the time to cool down, perform some light stretching and slow your heart rate down.
Don’t run every day of the week
Strength is key!
Research shows that strength training can reduce your risk of a running injury. If you are unsure what the best strengthening exercises are for running, Jennifer, one of our physiotherapists at Physioflexx is running a Pilates class for runners on the 20th May. This is a great opportunity to test your core strength and strengthen your muscles, as well as improve your breathing and help self-diagnose injuries.
For more information on our upcoming workshop follow this link- Workshops – Physioflexx Ayrshire Pilates for runners workshop
If you wish to sign up to our workshop please call our Administration team on 01560 483200 or book online at Book Online – Physioflexx Ayrshire