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Smart Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

Posted Jul 20 2011 9:47am

Incurring injuries can pass as one of the greatest nightmares of many  runners, which is why it is very important for every runner to be extra  cautious down the road. Many factors contribute to the runner’s tendency  to get injured; still, there are many ways to prevent running injuries.  Here are seven smart ways to preven running injuries.

 

1. Commit Yourself to a Warm-up.  The general rule in any type of workout: Warm-up before you go. Doing  so gives you a chance to prepare your body for the oncoming work and  prevents the likelihood of injuries. Before a run, loosen up your legs,  walk for some minutes, then do some stretching. Similarly, cooling down  at the end of the run is important to reduce muscle pain. Do this by  closing your workout with brisk walking or slow running. Then, do  stretches.

 

2. Avoid Overtraining. The surest way to incur injuries is to overtrain and overwork your  body. Sadly, many runners, in an attempt to increase their mileage and  intensity just too soon, pushes their body beyond its capability and so  put their selves at a great risk of injury. Two things you need to  remember. One, weekly mileage increase shouldn’t be more than 10%. Two,  speed buildup is a gradual process. Next time you feel like going  farther and faster, ask if your body is capable of the demands, then let  sound judgment overtake you.

 

Read more at Running World

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