Friday, October 3, 2014

Long Distance Running Tips

Everyone knows running is great for both your physical and mental health. Running is known to improve your overall level of health, prevent disease, weight loss, improved mood, and the list goes on. But if you run carelessly, it can lead to injuries. Here are some tips on how to eliminate these injuries:
  1. Change It Up
    Doing the same thing over and over again causes stress on your body. Runners should run in different environments such as trails, beaches, treadmills, roads, etc. Another thing runners can do is change up their pace. They can alternate between running and jogging. It is also critical to incorporate strength training into your long-distance running training.
  2. Recovery, Recovery, Recovery
    It is critical to let your body rest once in a while. Know your body and don't push it too hard. If something is hurting, stop and evaluate the situation. It is okay to stop early if it means it can cause further injuries.
  3. It's All About the Form
    Make sure to stand up straight when you are running.
    This will help regulate your breathing. Another technique people use when running is mid-foot landing. Many people tend to land on their heel or overstride but this can cause braking. Landing on your forefoot can put a strain on your calves and achilles. The third tip for a good running form is to add a slight lean forward without bending at the waist. Keeping these three tips in mind will not only help prevent injuries but make you a great long-distance runner.

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