Running isn’t suppose to be Hard

Hi Team,

Following up from my last post, firstly thank you all for the lovely messages and support, little Aarya is keeping well and growing up so fast! As I mentioned, with the lack of time and gyms being closed, I have really enjoyed getting outside and into running.
The key positives I find running enjoyable is that: Firstly, it requires minimal equipment, I literally put on my runners and off I go. When you are lacking the time, I find it so efficient as you are not spending time driving to gym or club, don’t need to set up any equipment etc.

Secondly, you can achieve so much in a short amount of time. Unless you are a pro and have been running a while, but even a 20–30-minute run or longer a 45-1-hour run can have so many health benefits. You burn a tremendous amount of energy, feel fatigued, get a great sweat it out and help with cardiovascular strength and fitness. Again, it’s so effective. However, with running it will expose your weaknesses – whether its weakness in the hip, tight hip flexors, poor ankle mobility, poor knee or core strength and general muscle
imbalances can make their way to the forefront of your mind. So how do we combat that? Running must be to your current level. It’s not how far you think you can run or how quick you think you can run. It is ABSOLUTELY what you can currently do. So, if you are getting
back into running or wanting to start running, make sure it’s the right amount (distance) and right speed for you. We know if you run to far or to quick it can lead to injuries especially tendon injuries, as we know from the research tendons likes a gradual increase in load and hate a dramatic jump in load (speed or distance). If you are starting to run, here is a little guide that you can follow and modify it to your needs. Few tips to keep in mind, if you are running – keep at comfortable breathing levels – you should be able to hold a light conversation while running. If you are puffed out, lower the intensity.

Prior to starting, aim for a continuous walk for 30 minutes, for 3 x a week, for 4 weeks. Get some mileage into the legs, then you can start a beginners guide as listed below. This is a beginner’s guide to running and if you just starting out, we would love to see how you go after following the program. If a particular level is challenging for you then do not progress to the next level until you feel safe and confident. For more exercise prescription and helping you achieve your goals, book in to see any one of our specialist physiotherapist.

Hope you are all keeping safe and while the gyms are closed trial the running program.
Amar Sran

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