How Do Runners Stay Injury Free?
Most running injuries are overuse-related, meaning they occur when runners push themselves too hard.
Thankfully, there are several habits you can practice to help keep yourself injury-free. These include stretching before and after runs, drinking plenty of water, and eating a balanced diet.
Stretch Before and After Your Runs
Stretching is an integral part of keeping your body injury-free. It improves mobility, allows joints to move through their full range of motion, and may help prevent muscle soreness after running. If you’re looking for professional guidance in this area, consider visiting Total Health & Rehab’s sports rehab page for more information.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking plenty of water helps keep your body hydrated, flushes toxins out, transports nutrients into cells and regulates body temperature. Dehydration can have serious repercussions, such as diminished performance and an increased risk of injury. To learn more about the importance of hydration and other aspects of physical therapy, visit Total Health & Rehab Center.
Eat a Well-balanced Diet
One of the best ways to prevent injuries is by eating a balanced diet. Eating items from all five food groups – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein and dairy – provides your body with essential nutrients for good health. A nutritious diet should also include plenty of water. Hydration is key when running and can help protect you from common injuries. If you’re struggling with back pain or sciatica, check out Total Health & Rehab’s back pain and sciatica treatment options.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is an integral component of running recovery. It aids the body in repair of microdamage caused by exercise, such as muscle protein breakdown. Sleep plays an integral role in optimizing performance and injury prevention when doing strenuous activity.
Strength training helps runners remain injury-free by strengthening the muscles they use while running, as well as fortifying joints that support your body while you move, which may reduce the chance of injuries due to overuse. If you have any questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Total Health & Rehab for professional help.