3 Tips to Help You Run Safely
A safe run is more than just watching for cars, running against traffic, and wearing reflectors at night. A
safe run is also being a guardian for your body to keep it healthy.
Runners need to provide proper care in order to avoid injuries that would require electro surgery and
Lap Electrodes to fix. Here are three tips to help you run safer and longer than you ever have before.
Not nearly enough can be said on this matter. Hydration is key
to your overall success as a runner because it cools down the
body. Water does the same thing to your body that a radiator
does for your engine.
Without it, your car’s engine overheats and breaks down. The
same is true of your body.
When you aren’t supplying enough water to cool down, your body will begin shutting down to keep
yourself from causing permanent damage. A common fear of overheating for people is heat stroke.
Heat stroke can have serious consequences for you: nausea, confusion, disorientation, and even
seizures. Not to mention it’ll put a serious damper on finishing a race, or anything else you wanted to
accomplish that day.
When you start feeling thirsty, you know you haven’t hydrated enough. Preempt thirst with quick swigs
every now and again before, throughout, and after your run.
Listen to Your Body
When your joints scream in pain, dial down your pace. When you no longer have the strength to keep
good form when running, take a break.
Although the motto “no pain, no gain” is great for getting you through that extra stretch, or pushing
your muscles beyond what they’re used to, it has its limits. Not all pain is weakness leaving the body.
Sometimes it really is your body telling you that something is wrong—like an impending blow out in the
knee. Address the pain and let your body tell you what’s up.
The pain should be described more as a burning in muscles, not an ache in the joint or bone. Don’t be
shy to save your joints further injury by putting down a slower time or turning around sooner.
Doing so is merely a setback for a day, not your entire running career. Whereas, failing to do so might
set you back for the year due to an emergency trip to the hospital for Lap Electrodes and surgery.
Don’t let an injury put you out for the season from a sense of pride. Listen to your body and adjust
Keep up Your Energy Levels throughout the Run
Not only is it good to store up energy for your longer runs the night
before and morning of, but you’ll need food on the go too.
Your snacks should be fast, low-fat fuels. Your goal is to bring
energy to the field that can be digested quickly, to give you that
Fatty foods won’t often provide you that quick energy. Your body will have to convert the fats into
energy, taking time and leaving a heavy feeling in your stomach afterward.
Look to energy bars. They are small, portable, and packed with usable energy.
Strive to find bars that have 4 grams of fat or fewer per 230 calories given. You’ll get that energy boost
you need at the right time.
The more energy you have, the easier it will be to run with proper form. As your form deteriorates, so
too does the effectiveness of your stabilizing muscles.
The longer your stabilizing muscles aren’t working properly, the more likely you are to injure yourself.
Injury leads to surgeons and Lap Electrodes.
Keep yourself from the operating table and Lap Electrodes by staying hydrated, listening to your body,
and providing constant energy. You’ll enjoy running for a very long time as you remember these steps.
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