As winter grows closer, people around the country are considering the different ways they can burn off the extra few pounds they picked up during the holidays. One excellent way of doing that is to take up running. Not only is it an inexpensive way to give your cardiovascular system a rigorous workout, it can also help you build up stamina, strengthen your lungs and relieve your day-to-day stress. However, if you haven’t made running a part of your daily life for an extended period of time, you run the risk of straining your muscles and possibly even breaking some bones if you don’t do some pre-run preparation.
As this Indian Express article points out, there are number of factors that will affect your performance as a runner. For one thing, you need to make sure you’re performing dynamic stretches before your feet hit the pavement. Running without a warm-up runs the risk of severely straining your muscles and fascia. You also need to make sure that you are getting enough rest in between runs in that you are maintaining a diet that will help your body process the new demands you’re placing upon it. Pushing yourself too hard and not eating nutritious foods increase your risk factor for incurring a potentially debilitating injury and for causing yourself serious gastrointestinal difficulties.
Read the full article here: Get, set, go: Running the smart way