Get Fit To Run, Or Run To Get Fit?

How often when we decide to ‘get fit’, do we just start running?

It is important for our body to be ready for whatever we want to throw at it, doing too much too soon can be detrimental.  Increasing exercise loads, especially running, not only puts high demand on the cardiovascular system (heart and lungs), but also on the musculoskeletal system (muscles, ligaments and bones).   If you are considering either a new fitness path which involves running, or even increasing the amount of running you are currently doing, then there are a few things that may be worth considering.

Whether you are starting to run from scratch, or building toward a goal like the City to Bay or even the Adelaide Marathon, the physiotherapists at WSC can help you with a guided exercise program, with the aim of injury prevention.  Ensuring adequate lowerlimb muscle strength, especially around the hip, may be enough to improve running patterns and the ability for your body to absorb shock. Whatever the case, if you do too much too soon, you may increase the risk of injury.  Too much too soon can cause minor problems like muscle tightness, or even more serious overuse injuries like stress fractures in the foot, shin or even hip.  Gradually and appropriately increasing exercise loads is very important, and the physiotherapists at WSC are experienced in guiding the already active population to becoming increasingly active.