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How to get more out of your running sessions

For some people, running is an essential part of their lives. They use it as an escape from daily stressors and a chance to improve their fitness levels. However, if you don't look after your body then your experience as a jogger will be very short-lived. If you want to avoid illness and injury, then there are certain tips and rules you should follow; here are just four:

Invest in quality running gear

You would be surprised at how much easier running can be if you have the right running clothes and shoes on your side. Worn trainers that don't fit can cause painful blisters to form and might even lead to a serious running-related injury like shin splints.

Treat yourself to a new pair of trainers and consider getting them specially made if you're looking for the perfect fit.

Improve your diet

Running can take a great toll on your body and if you aren't eating the right food it won't be long before you start feeling ill. Load your diet with plenty of protein, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. It's also important to stay hydrated, especially if you want to avoid those post-run cramps.

Prevent common running-related injuries

Runners will have heard horror stories about Iliotibial band syndrome (ITB) as the painful condition commonly impacts people who regularly engage in cardio. The best treatment for the condition is prevention, so make sure you warm up before starting your run and reduce exercise intensity if you start to feel pain in your knee.

Consider chiropractic care

When you have a running injury, chiropractic care might be just the thing you need to treat it as it's considered to be a safe treatment for exercise-related injuries. Maybe you have an important race coming up and can't stop running, or maybe you're really close to achieving your running goal; either way, chiropractic care can help you get back into your running trainers.

Even if you're not injured, chiropractic care is a great thing to incorporate into your running lifestyle. It can help to prevent injuries in the future and also correct your running posture.

If you're interested in getting chiropractic care, then visit us on our Wimbledon Clinic website  to find out more.