Stretching can be beneficial for runners, but only when performed properly. Avoid static stretching before you begin, which can increase your chances for pain or injury. Stretch either partway through your run or after you are through running to achieve the best results. Also keep in mind that as you age, you may need to stretch more often throughout your run or perform many different kinds of stretches. Listening to your body and working with your orthopaedic doctor can help you develop a stretching program with the most benefits for you.
Wear Good Shoes All the Time
Properly-fitted running shoes keep your feet healthy and your body balanced while running. However, wearing poorly-fitted shoes or high heels can strain the muscles of your feet and legs or even change your anatomy, which can affect your stability while running. Studies have shown that wearing high heels can make women more prone to running injuries, regardless of the type of running shoe they wear.
Keep Your Body Relaxed
As you run, take a moment every so often to concentrate on what your muscles are doing. Relax your jaw, pull your shoulders back, and shake out your hands to prevent cramps. The more relaxed your body is, the better it can adapt to changes in terrain and the less likely you are to suffer from pain after your workout.
Using these tips will keep your body fit and healthy for life. You can discuss your health needs with your Bartlett orthopaedic surgeon by calling Suburban Orthopaedics at (630) 372-1100. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for sports injuries, work injuries, chronic pain, and more. Take a look through our website for more information about physical therapy, orthopaedic surgery, and sports medicine.