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Join the Running Club!

By Donna Stark

Do you often see people running alongside the road and wonder how in the world they do it? How do they stay motivated? How do they make it look so easy? How do they get past all the aches and pains that come with running? There are definitely a lot of questions you may want answered, and hopefully, the tips below from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic will help. Take a look at what they have to say when it comes to incorporating daily runs into your fitness routine.

The Right Shoes

Before you even think about hitting the streets, you need to make sure you have a good pair of running shoes because those slip-ons and walking shoes simply won't pass the test. The shoes you do end up with should offer plenty of support, cushioning, and traction, as well as stability for your ankles. If you need help or are overwhelmed with the selection at the stores, ask an employee for advice and a proper shoe fitting. It could make all the difference in the world.

The Proper Gear

In addition to the right pair of shoes, you should also invest in the proper attire. Look for clothing that is reflective and made with a moisture-wicking material. This type of material helps whisk the sweat away from your body and allows it to evaporate quicker than your regular cotton tees. You'll also want to wear your clothes in layers if the weather calls for it.

The Best Pace

Running isn't something you start out to do one day and become a master at it the next. It takes time to develop your running style and establish this new habit of yours, so get rid of the pressure you put on yourself! Start slowly. If you have to include some walking with your runs when you first begin, go ahead! Just don't stop because it will get easier. And if you keep your body moving during every run, it won't be long before you start signing up for 5Ks.

The Preferred Beverage

One of the most important things to remember before, during, and after a run is that you need to stay hydrated, especially during the hot summer months! Make sure you are drinking the recommended amount of water every day, bring plenty of it with you when you exercise, and be sure to drink it slowly. Sipping your water is much better for you than chugging it.  

The Best Runs of Your Life

With the tips above and proper warmups and cool downs, running may end up being your favorite way to exercise! So, don't wait any longer. There has never been a better time than now to join the running club!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Littleton, Colo.

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