With beautiful weather here, many people are outside running. Some are seasoned runners who kept up indoors on treadmills and running tracks. Others are novices wanting to lose weight or keep it off and have discovered that running is a great way to do that. Whether you are seasoned or a novice, there are some things that prevent injuries to keep in mind as you run:
1. Get good shoes designed for running that fit your feet well since your feet, knees, hips and back are all affected by them. Replace them every 300-350 miles.
2. Wear clothing that is comfortable and keeps moisture away from your body.
3. Land mid-foot instead of on the ball of the foot or the heel to prevent shin splints and knee pain.
4. Keep good posture to avoid straining the neck and shoulders.
5. Work on improving leg turnover instead of elongating your strides. More light quick steps per minute should be your goal.
6. Hydrate! Sip water instead of gulping, After 60 minutes, replace the water you've been sweating out with Gatorade or something similar to replace electrolytes lost.
7. Always warm-up before with active, moving stretches. Static stretching after cooling down from your run will help keep muscles from tightening up and causing pain later.
8. Set some goals for yourself. From 1 mile fun runs to 5ks and more, these events are a great way to motivate yourself and many of them have causes the entry fees help support. Go to http://beta.active.com/ to look for events in your area or for more helps with improving your run.
Running is great cardio and fantastic as a stress release. Spending time with the Lord during your run increases it's value!