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3 Reasons Why It Hurts to Run (And How to Fix It!)

By Genevieve Cunningham

Running is a great way to exercise. For some people, jumping into a running program makes them feel powerful and productive. If you’re running, the weight will come off fast, right? It might, but not if you burn yourself out too quickly. The truth is that running really is a great exercise … but it can also hurt. If you’re keen on getting into running, take a look at these three reasons why it might hurt, followed by some tips for getting the problem under control.

You’re Out of Shape

It hurts to say it, but the run might be painful simply because you’re out of shape. If you don’t have a tolerance built for running, you might experience muscle cramps, painful breathing, or stitches in the side. So how do you fix the problem? Begin your running routine very, very slowly. Add time or distance only when you’ve mastered your current challenge, and you may be able to avoid many of these particular pains of running.

Your Shoes Are Old and Worn Out

Running is actually pretty hard on the body. It’s hard on the muscles and the joints, and this is made even worse when your shoes aren’t supportive. If you notice pains such as knee pain, foot pain, or shin splints, look first to your shoes. If they’re worn out or unsupportive, buy a new pair and see how it goes. You'll want shoes with a soft but firm sole, as well as support for the arch in order to avoid shoe related pain.

Your Form is Lacking

Many people think that running is just putting one foot in front of the other … just faster. But there’s a true form to running. There’s a proper way to move your feet and your knees. There’s a proper way to pump your arms. If your form is severely lacking, it might cause pain, especially in the lower back or hamstrings. To fix this problem, watch some videos about proper form or ask a professional for a quick evaluation and some tips.

If you really want to run, do it! It’s a great way to boost your health as well as your moods. But if it hurts, fix the problem sooner rather than later. Check for these problems, and you’ll be able to adjust your run and make it last for a lifetime of better health.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Livermore, Calif.

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