For active people, running can be a fun way to get some exercise.
It is not surprising that so many fit individuals love their daily runs. It’s a great work out and a wonderful way to clear the head, get centered and ready for the day.
Naturally, as with any exercise, running requires a bit of planning, and for those who are under a chiropractor’s care, this particular kind of exercise might require just a bit more planning than for those who are in perfect health.
Or maybe you’ve never been to a chiropractor’s office. No problem. There are still a number of chiropractic tips that can help you avoid the types of injuries that have long-lasting effects.
Here are a chiropractor’s tips on what to avoid.
Wear The Right Footwear
Wear running shoes and avoid wearing everyday tennis shoes or the kind of footwear that is manufactured for different kinds of athletic endeavors.
Just like you wouldn’t dream of playing squash with a tennis racket, you should not go running in walking shoes.
Chiropractors wish every runner would understand the impact that an improperly cradled foot has upon the leg bones and by extension on the spine, so they often warn runners that not having the appropriate footwear could largely affect the overall experience as well as their overall health.
Chiropractors will also warn you against wearing your running shoes until you need to hold them together with duct tape. As the soles are wearing down, replace them. Worn out shoes will no longer adequately cradle your foot and the rundown soles will make it easier to twist your ankle or worse.
Move Your Arms as You Run
Chiropractors are always amazed when they see beginner runners who do not move their arms in keeping with the movement of the opposite leg.
While the runners may at times feel a little self-conscious, the experienced runner knows that it is this very motion that ensures the body’s proper transference of body weight.
Don’t Look Down!
While you are running, scan the path ahead of you for any obstacles you will need to negotiate. If there is no rough terrain, look straight ahead.
Failure to do so will result in neck strain and contribute to neck pain, back pain and a host of other ailments.
Be Careful With Weights
Chiropractors are specifically vociferous about avoiding the little weights at ankles or wrists which are now becoming so popular. While this fad is not new, the amount of injuries that chiropractors see as a result of runners buying in on the craze is staggering.
If you wish to exercise with weights, do so after your run or before, but not during. These weights alter your body weight and while your body is attempting to compensate for this addition, the damage to your spine may already be done.
As you can see, chiropractors have a lot to say about running, and it is the wise runner who will heed their suggestions and avoid the pitfalls they point out.