Running has become a regular form of exercise that has many great benefits for general health and wellbeing.
Running is great for burning calories, strengthening the heart and working those important core muscles. Running is a high impact form of exercise, as it involves a combination of muscles to be used all at once.
For many, running provides them with their ‘daily dose’ of therapy, and can be used as a way of letting go and to recharge/refresh the mind after a busy day at work or with life in general. However, it is of no secret that the more you run (due to the high impact of activity) it can increase your risk of injuries occurring. Let’s discuss what you need to be aware of as an everyday runner:
- Aching Joints:
When our feet hit the ground running, it can cause great impact to what we like to call ‘shock absorbers’ (also known as our knees)!How are they shock absorbers?Within our knee joint, we have a very important element – called the Meniscus. The meniscus is primarily designed in our bodies to absorb the majority of impact when you run. Surrounding ligaments and cartilage also come under significant strain whilst running, which leaves you with pain or an aching feeling within your knees.
- Invest in a good pair of runners:
If you enjoy going on your leisurely runs or take your running seriously to compete in events. We recommend spending some money on a decent, high-quality pair of running shoes that are distinctively designed to suit your unique foot shape and size. Whether you are running on the road, treadmill or trail running, it is ideal that you also make sure your shoe option is suited to the terrain you regularly run across. There are endless choices on the market when it comes to quality footwear for runners and athletes. Make sure to research your purchase and remember the old saying of, you get what you pay for. Runners can experience up to 2-3 running related injuries per year. We suggest you report to your physiotherapist to discuss your symptoms and get you back running!