5 ways to avoid running injuries
1. Avoid extra "junk" miles
The more you run, the better you’ll get, right? Not necessarily. Doing too much too soon will put you on the fast track to injury. Stick to your plan and you'll put in a great performance on race day.
2. Include cross-training and body conditioning
The stress of running can put a real strain on your joints. Mix up your training with some low-impact work. Try some swimming, cycling or a session in the gym. It’s good for your mind and body.
3. Rest well
Sometimes life gets in the way. You might be feeling unwell, or maybe you’ve had a bad night’s sleep. If in doubt, take an extra rest day. It’s not the end of the world.
4. Loosen up
Being mobile through your joints will improve your running. Pilates or yoga classes are excellent for this.
5. Buy a foam roller
Invest in a foam roller and do some exercises to provide relief to those aching muscles. Alternatively, treat yourself to a good sports massage. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel afterwards.