Learn To Run For Fun!
Once the weather warms up we notice how much the winter slows us down. If you are just a beginner in running, then there are some things to keep in mind. Stretching is great, but you do want a 3-5 minute light warm up (jog, jumping jacks, etc.) for your muscles before doing a deep stretch. This will help prevent injuries and give you a better stretch.
If you have a friend interested, run with a partner to keep you motivated! Take the talk test – when first getting started, run/jog at a pace that you are able to talk to a training partner. This will keep you from burning out early in your workout. If you have the extra energy, then finish strong at the end of your workout. As you get fit, you will be able to pick up the pace. If you are training for a race, ease your way into a running routine with run/walk intervals. This helps prevent injuries from popping up, especially if you have been less active throughout the winter.
Setting several small goals can keep you motivated! Set out to do a 5K, and a second one later to beat your time. Lastly and probably most importantly have fun! It’s hard to stick with any work out program if you don’t like it.
As a general rule of thumb, if you have sharp pain for more than two days in a row, or a pain that is just not going away, then you should get the area checked out. Our office treats a variety of sports injuries. If you have any area of concern, contact our office at 216-938-7889.
Michael Lozitsky D.C.