You’ve decided that this year is the year. You’re ready for this. 2019 is behind you, and now you’ve got your full attention on your fitness goal. It’s the year of running.
Now, running isn’t a walk in the park (though there’s no shame if it’s currently just a fast shuffle), so it’s important that you warm-up and cool down appropriately. Look after your muscles and then they’ll look after you by reducing the likelihood of injury and helping you get out some extra speed/distance from your springy pins.
Before and after your run, make sure you stretch your muscles out. This helps them to become more flexible so you get a wide range of motion (important when you’re powering up that hill), as well as helping to prevent the tightness you can feel following a hard run. The reason you feel this tightness may be because you’ve started working the muscles too suddenly, causing them to stretch quickly, which can be damaging not just to your muscles, but to your joints as well. Stretching is vital to keeping your body happy and healthy before and after your run.
This is a great way to reduce the tension that can build up in your legs and lower back, helping to prevent injury as well as speed up your recovery time between runs. Although it can be a painful experience, foam rolling is a great way to help your muscles heal and recover.
If you’ve got some deep muscle soreness or muscle cramping, then you might want to consider using a RecovaPro. With four different heads, this is a great piece of kit to be able to target the different areas of your body effectively to get into those sore spots and ease out the muscle tension. And with just 30 seconds needed in the sore area, it’s quick and easy to use. Take a look at the benefits it can help with across your body www.recovapro.co.uk/pages/benefit
Now, we know the word ‘physio’ may strike fear in your heart, but don’t be scared. If you’re getting into some serious running then seeing a physio as part of your routine is vital for injury prevention. If you’ve got a niggle make sure you go to see a specialist sport or running physiotherapist who will be able to help you. Their goal will be getting you to run comfortably rather than not to run at all. So make sure you see them before the problem gets worse, or just on a quarterly basis to give your body a bit of an MOT when you’re going on those long distance treks.