With the Great North run is getting closer, many participants will be starting to ramp up the training. Physiotherapy practice Achilles Physio has shared its top tips to keep injury-free ahead of the event.
Kristi Bester, director of Physiotherapy at Achilles Physio, shares her top tips for your half marathon preparations:
Get Good Footwear
One way in which you can maintain good health and avoid injury is to invest in a good pair of shoes for exercising in. Not all footwear has a suitable support and grip for a half marathon, and you may soon come to regret it if you do not have the right footwear! You can accomplish this by making sure that the footwear which you do have is suitably durable, waterproof and also has a good grip to prevent slips and trips.
Warm Up Before You Exercise
When it comes to you and your exercising, there’s no substitution for warming up beforehand. If you do not warm up before you run, you’ll find that such things as sprains and injuries are all too common. You should always do a five to ten-minute warming up session before you exercise to make sure that injuries are not caused by pulling or spraining muscles.
If you have an existing pain or ache, then trying to fit your training in can be difficult. Therefore, a physio session could be just what you need. A trip to a physiotherapist is a great way of managing and eliminating existing aches and pains, but also preventing new ones.
Rest Up Between Exercising
One of the most important things you can do for your body when it comes to exercise is to get the correct amount of rest in between sessions. There could be even more pressure on the joints and muscles due to poor weather conditions, so making sure you give them time to rest and heal is important for making sure your body stays in prime condition.
Specialising in fully integrated treatments including physiotherapy, sports massage, pilates and acupuncture, Achilles Physio’s method of approach has been built to take clients through carefully considered steps from diagnosis, to treatment, to rehabilitation, in the hope they don’t need to return for further treatment.
Kristi Bester said: “The Great North Run is such a fantastic occasion for the region and we want to make sure every participant has the best experience possible, whether you run, walk or dance to the finish line!
“Good luck to all the runners this year, we’ll be cheering you on the whole way.”
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