Run for your Life!
It’s not difficult, at any time of the day (or indeed night!) to look around the greener parts of Singapore and find runners…running everywhere! Running, jogging, brisk walking and hiking is one of Singapore’s favourite pastime and the reason behind that is simple…. it can be done almost anywhere! Running, unlike other exercises requires no special equipment, no set times, or indeed – no other assistance and burns plenty of calories. Running is a way for our fitness fanatics to manage their weight, decrease their blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, defeat stress… or just get fit for National Service!!
The merits of running it would seem then are self explanatory… that is until that fateful moment… that gut turning sound of a snap, a crackle or a pop. The downsides of running are definitely in its uncanny ability to cause injuries to the body. A study in 2012 revealed that during the course of training, up to two thirds of all runners will be injured in someway. This can be transient injuries such as ankle sprains, knee strains, tendonitis, and even hip pain. But with all this said and done – you’d be surprised that the benefits far outweigh the costs and with carful training and planning you too can see the merits of a healthy lifestyle incorporating running into your regular exercise routine.
It’s vitally important that some sensible precautions are abided by to avoid injury, a high quality set of shoes is a good starting point. You want a supportive shoe that is functionally fitted to fit your foot and supports it in a way that promotes your natural gait of stride. Everyone’s foot is different – feel free to talk to any of our chiropractors regarding what shoe may be right for you.
Respect your injuries
An unfortunate factor of exercise is that it – over time can eventually lead to injury simply by the nature of the activity. Some of these injuries take weeks or even up to months to heal. Returning to play sooner than necessary can put the body at risk for aggravating the injury or even injuring the body further. A Chiropractor can help advise you of the prognosis of your recovery and how long you should rest from training. It’s hard to take a break when you have momentum because a lot of runners do not want to loose their stamina, Chiropractic care can help expedite the recovery process so runners can get back out on their feet as soon as feasibly possible.
Respect your limits
The body needs to have a free and relaxed range of motion, trying to run with a tight pelvis is like trying to drive a car with the handbrake on! If you are running regularly you may wish to consider chiropractic care as it can lead to many positive benefits for your running. Your range of motion can improve, which – while not guaranteeing an increase in speed will definitely allow for unrestricted movement which will help reduce the chances of running injuries.
If your spine is misaligned – it can cause another part of your body to be weaker or misbalanced and subsequently more susceptible to injury. Chiropractic treatment can help to keep the spine in alignment – this can have a fantastically beneficial effect on the body, reducing the negative impact of axial compression that comes from the constant pounding of the pavement. By taking the proper steps to maintain the health of your body and your spine – you can safely get out there and run to your hearts content and reap the benefits of one of the best and easiest exercises that exists.
If you have concerns for your spine – contact our Novena Chiropractic Clinic or our Orchard Chiropractic Clinic: