Running happens to be one of the best and easiest exercises that one can easily include in his or her fitness regime, and should. Running not only brings amazing cardiovascular benefits, but it also helps in staying physically, emotionally and mentally fit.
Running keeps us calm, refreshed and at the top of our fitness game. No wonder many people have already started including running in their daily routine, with more and more people following it with each passing day.
As much as running is important for us to stay fit, it’s also equally important to know how to run to make sure our joints, ligaments, cartilages, muscles and tendons stay safe from the jolts and shocks your body goes through every time you plant your foot while running.
If we talk about the strides, there are 4 phases in each stride we take while running: impact, compression, power, and float. The heavier you are, the more impact and compression your landing foot have to bear. Given the forward motion, calf muscles, quadriceps, and lower back muscles need to work more than the shin muscles, hamstrings and abdominal muscles respectively. And with time, these particular muscles get overworked and need proper care before your body starts giving out fatigue signals. So what should one do to prevent the body from screaming “no more” out loud? Talk to a chiropractor right away!
As much as it’s hard to believe, even the most prominent Olympic level running athletes, be it the 100-meter sprint or the marathon, have to bear the pain of overworked muscles at some point of time.
A chiropractor will adjust your spinal column and your pelvic region in proper alignment to help you in preventing misalignment related injuries. And that’s just the beginning. The better your spine to pelvis alignment is, the better your form gets while running. Chiropractors also suggest you buy two pairs of shoes and switch between them for every running session. Plus, run on different courses; grass, dirt, asphalt, pavement and on the beach to keep your joints refreshed. A proper form is a must on all courses and never run for more than 10 minutes on a hard surface.
A bonus tip by an experienced chiropractor: when running on a beach, remember the sand is more flat towards the water, so run as close to the water as possible.