Even though the gyms are open again, you might be craving more time outdoors and be looking at how you can vary your fitness regime to ensure you are able to stay active in the event of a local lockdown.
Running is a great exercise that’s completely free, but there are a few elements you should bear in mind to ensure you’re not only getting the best out of each of your runs, but that you’re also doing all you can to avoid injury.
CNN recently offered some advice for those who are starting to run regularly for the first time. Running blogger Sarah Canney told the news provider that one of the biggest mistakes new runners make is attempting to “run at the same pace, all the time”.
“The truth is that your body responds so much better and will improve much more quickly if you vary the intensity,” she added.
What’s more, constantly running at the same pace on every run can make you more prone to injuries. The news provider therefore recommended that your training schedule involves a mixture of “up-tempo, harder runs and easier recovery runs”.
Another essential for avoiding injuries is making sure you warm up and cool down properly before and after each run.
Earlier this month, an article for 220 Triathlon explained that hip strength is particularly important for injury prevention when running.
Focusing on strengthening your glutes, hamstrings and adductors, as well as your psoas muscles and anterior core, is essential to help prevent injuries elsewhere in your body, particularly in your knees.
If you need the help of a physiotherapist in Maidenhead to help you rehabilitate after a running or any other sports injury, get in touch with us today.