With the (slow) return of the sun comes the return of outdoor activity into our daily lives. If you took a break from regular exercise during the winter, you might be more susceptible to injury. Here are some of the most common running injuries we see here at Active Living Chiropractic, along with steps you can take to limit those injuries to stay healthy this spring.
1. Plantar fasciitis- This is when the fascia on the bottom of the foot becomes tight, causing sharp, knif
In January of 2014, a group of researchers from the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois, Chicago published an evidence-based report naming the three most common running-related musculoskeletal injuries. At the top of the list was medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), also known as "shin splints". Coming in second and third was: Achilles tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis, respectively. Shin Splints/Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome: MTSS results
A common mistake most novice runners make is to think that, since they are just starting out, they do not need to worry about nutrition or hydration. In fact, the food you eat and liquid you take in are just as vital as your running shoes. Knowing what to eat and drink can have an effect on your health and running performance. Therefore, it is worthwhile to dedicate some thought to what you put into your body when you are getting ready for a run. Typically, you want to try
If you are running longer than an hour or doing an intense workout, eating a small meal of 300-400 calories an hour and a half prior to your run would be ideal. That pre-workout meal should consist of carbohydrates. Some examples include: banana and energy bar, small bowl of cereal with milk, toast with peanut butter, or yogurt. Avoid slow-to-digest fatty and high-fiber foods. Or, try a liquid source like a meal-replacement drink or a fruit smoothie. Though you can get aw