Running, a very healthy and beneficial activity, can be very dangerous if not performed correctly. Every year, about half the people who participate in running become injured. While some of these injuries are mild and often heal quickly, some can be more serious and leave you incapacitated for a long period of time. Fortunately, there are some strategies, techniques, and planning you can practice that can greatly reduce your risk of injury while going for a run.

The first step of preparation, which is often overlooked no matter how often it is stressed, is proper hydration. The last thing anybody needs is to become dehydrated during a run, and possible faint. This can be very dangerous, especially if running near busy roads. Hydration is also crucial for your muscles and nerves to behave properly on a run. If your body does not have enough water, you may feel weak and dizzy, unable to go running. Make sure you hydrate before, during, and after you run.

Proper footwear and clothing is necessary to get the full potential of health benefits that running has to offer. There is a great deal of injuries every year caused by improper footwear. Make sure that you consult with an expert to ensure that your footwear is right for you. It is also important to remember to replace shoes after they are worn out in order to prevent injury and ensure that you get the best grip on the road as possible. If clothing is too constricting, it can hinder your ability to run, and it can also cause you to sweat more than necessary. This can accelerate dehydration, and can be very dangerous.

Proper planning and technique is also necessary to ensure that you have the safest running experience possible. If you do not run correctly, including foot and arm placement, as well as proper stretching before, you may not be able to run to your full potential. A lack of stretching and proper running technique can also heighten your chance for injuries. These can be prevented very easily with a quick lesson in technique from a physical therapist or another expert. Planning your route is also important, as you want the safest running experience possible, away from busy roads and intersections.

If you are unsure about proper technique, gear, hydration, or nutrition, don’t hesitate to contact a physical therapist. They can advise you on all of these matters, and treat existing conditions related to running. Don’t hesitate to call, to ensure that you get the healthiest and safest running experience possible.

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