How to Start Running Without Getting Injured
A lot of people get into running thinking it’s a risk-free exercise but that’s not necessarily the case. Yes, it might not be as risky as an impact-heavy sport like rugby but running can still contribute to plenty of injuries. Here are some tips on starting to running without getting injured.
Get Your Running Form
We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to get your running form right correct. VeryWellFit offers some great tips on what makes a proper running form. Proper form includes looking ahead (and not down on your feet), keeping your hands close to the waist, and relaxing your shoulders while you run. The correct form will likely have the most impact in reducing the risks of injuries.
Supplement with Strength Exercise
Runners shouldn’t focus purely on cardio exercises. They should also add some supplementary strength exercises to build stronger muscles. Great strength exercises for runners include squats, speed skaters, and lunges. It also doesn’t hurt to add in some swimming here and there for recovery purposes.
Yes, pushing yourself is an important part of reaching your running goals but you don’t want to over-push yourself. Recognizing when you need to slow down is a key part of injury-free running. You will know this when your running form starts to get wonky. Poor form will lead to your body trying to compensate in ways that increases the risks of injury.