Running for a Lifetime – Flexibility and Strength

If you love to get out and run, or are working towards your next goal, you should re-evaluate what you are doing to keep yourself injury free and out running.  Too many runners can be limited by pains or hit walls during our strides to do more.  It is important to do everything you can to keep yourself pain and injury free to continue running throughout your life.  Anyone who has made running part of their life can tell you the general wellbeing it helps provide; but if you need incentive to start yourself, you can look to recent studies that reported runners have an increased lifespan. If you are new to running, start off right with building a good foundation to keep your healthy and running without injury.  Likewise, you don’t have to be new to running in order to build a good foundation that can help prevent injuries and keep you running throughout your life.  

 

Improving your strength and flexibility are easy things you can do to prevent any breakdowns.  There are many activities or workouts that you can implement to do this.  The Runner’s World website has several articles outlining different ways to improve your strength as part of your running goals.  Foot and leg joints are often the sites of injury. By strengthening the muscles that attach to and work on these areas, you can prevent the breakdowns that lead to injury.  Another activity that we have expounded upon before is yoga.  You may think yoga is good for improving flexibility, but many of the positions required also do a lot to increase strength.  Yoga is one activity that many athletes have used to keep themselves healthy and strong for their own sport.

 

Some injuries can’t be prevented, but keeping yourself strong and flexible you can avoid many common running maladies.  Don’t hesitate to contact your Austin podiatrist for any foot problems that may develop. With the thermostat pushing towards triple digits, be sure to stay well hydrated and avoid the intense heat when you are out running this summer.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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