Dr. Matthew Daggy, a Sports Medicine doctor at the TriHealth Orthopedic and Sports Institute, offered up these 4 tips for anyone training for an athletic event or just starting to work more running in to their week. Follow this simple advice to prevent injuries that could keep you from reaching your goal:
Don't just wake up one day and decide to run 5 miles or sign up for a half marathon that's only a month away. Develop a focused training plan that allows your body time to adjust to more running or exercising. Jumping in too fast can result in injuries that will hold you back.
Don't underestimate the power of a balanced and nutritious diet. Give your body the fuel it needs to recover quickly and keep going. A healthy diet should include protein, healthy carbohydrates, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Listen to Your Body:
Aches and pains speak louder than words. If you are feeling pain in your knees, shins, or ankles after a workout then you should take a few rest days - it won't throw you too far off track. If the pain returns in the same spot after rest then it might be time to make an appointment with a physician to make sure there aren't any injuries present.
Have the Right Footwear:
The sneakers you have in your closet from college aren't going to cut it when you're hitting the pavement every day. Just as people need personalized care to meet their needs and keep them healthy, so do feet.
Take the time to find a sturdy pair of shoes that support your feet well, and invest in them. Old shoes with broken down soles can cause unnecessary pain. Your feet, even your knees and ankles, will thank you.
"Have fun, and try to train with a partner," Dr. Daggy adds. "Someone who can keep you motivted, honest, and on schedule."
So, whether you're training for a big race or just trying to exercise more, keep these tips top of mind to stop injuries from stopping you in your tracks.