Avoiding Common Running Mistakes

Running can be a healthy and enriching exercise that would help people stay fit and trim. But as a habit, running should also be followed with the right methods and technique. Running mistakes can lead to undue physical injuries. Here are some of the common ones to avoid.

Overexertion

Some people, in an effort to lose weight fast or just feeling the exhilarating effects of running, may try to do too much running in too little time. They can make the mistake of running too often, too fast or too long. All these can cause unnecessary injuries such as runner’s knee, shin splints and others. Just like every other form of exercise, running should be done in moderation. People should learn to listen to what their bodies are telling them when it comes too running and try not to push themselves too hard by running too much, too soon.

Poor Nutrition

Running makes the body use up for energy. This requires having the right amount of fuel to take with every run or jog. Having the right amount of fuel before running with the right balance of carbohydrates, fats and protein help keeps the body running at optimum level. It also helps prevent muscle soreness and injury. It is suggested that runners ear an hour or two before running and 30 to 45 minutes right after. This will help give the runner’s body with enough fuel for the run as well as help make the body recover faster afterwards.

Not Drinking Enough

When running, especially long distances, the body can lose quite a large amount of fluids that can lead to dehydration. This condition can be quite dangerous especially for runners. That is why runners are advised to always keep themselves well hydrated. An hour before running, one should try to drink around 16 oz of water. During the run, one should also try drinking 5 to 12 oz of water every 15 to 20 minutes. If you only drink after feeling thirsty, that means that you are already dehydrated. Drink enough water before you get into feeling thirty to avoid dehydration.

 

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