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Ready, Set, Stride: Prevent Running Injuries




Spring is in the air and the snow is melting away. As we prepare to flip the calendar from March to April, it’s the perfect time to commit to getting off the couch and away from your desk. If you are considering starting a running program this year, there are ways you can prepare to help ease you into the running rhythm.

Running Guide

DOWNLOAD OUR INJURY PREVENTION GUIDE FOR RUNNERS 

It’s often said that starting is the hardest part of a fitness routine—so, let MCR Chiropractic help! Read our tips to get you started safely and prevent injuries as you stride to better health this spring!

Ready?

If you are a novice runner, the most important piece of equipment you have is your body—so take care of it, love it, and treat it right. While your shorts, leggings, and tank tops will likely be changing with each run or walk, one constant article of clothing during each trek will be your footwear. Choose it carefully!

Your chiropractor is a great resource for questions about what type of footwear might be best for your foot type and your activity. Some tips you might consider before purchasing your next pair of sneakers include:

  • Know your arch type and foot alignment (neutral, pronator, supinator) and choose your footwear with this in mind.
  • Always measure your foot at the store (feet can change over time). Better yet, treat yourself by shopping for your sneakers at a store that understands proper fit and foot types. (Ask your chiropractor if you need a suggestion on where to shop!)
  • Shop for your running shoes toward the end of the day (feet swell at the end of the day like when exercising). It will really make a difference!
  • Bring the same socks you’ll be exercising in.
  • Change your footwear every 300 hours of exercise to avoid injury (roughly every 6-9 months).

Set?

If you have recently decided to take up running or if it’s been a few years since the last time you ran, setting realistic goals will play a major role in achieving success. It’s ok (and safer) to start slow. Many novice runners get themselves pumped up to accomplish big, loft goals such as running a marathon. Start by slowly building up your running time, then set a goal of an achievable distance. Springtime offers lots of choices for local running events such as community 5Ks. If you want the added motivation of other runners that are at the same level as you, look for local running groups. Having a community to support your efforts will help keep you motivated and eagerly anticipating your next running workout!

Go!

Once you hit your stride, an important aspect of your program should focus on injury prevention. As musculoskeletal experts, your chiropractor is your partner in keeping you feeling your best. Our teams have a comprehensive knowledge of the body and can help you understand how to prevent small aches and pains from getting in the way of your running goals.

To get you started, download our injury prevention guide for runners! The download highlights four common running injuries and provides stretches and exercises to help you keep striding safely.

LEARN HOW TO PRVENT RUNNING INJURIES

Now You’re Ready to Run!

Chiropractors are a great resource for runners of all ages and abilities, and we are just a call or click away when you need us next. Don’t delay care that helps you live a full and active life on your way to reaching your optimal health

To learn more, call your nearest MCR Chiropractic clinic or complete the form below to request an appointment.


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