You woke up early, put on those running shoes, and hit the road. Great! After all, running is an excellent way to stay healthy and active. But, you might unknowingly be making the following five common running mistakes:
1. Not checking your form
With your hectic schedule, it’s extremely difficult to find time to regularly work out. But, did you know that exercising aggressively (rather than relaxing) can harm your body? That is why it is extremely necessary to relax a little while working out. Keep your shoulders down and your head up. Now look straight ahead as much as you can.
2. Stretching after working out
According to the studies conducted by Florida State University, pre-run stretching can help your muscles get ready and boost your endurance levels. Similarly, post-run stretching is also important. If skipped, lactic acid builds up in your muscles, which results in soreness and fatigue. In fact, stretching your hamstrings and quads after a run help improve your blood circulation and make you relaxed.
3. Only running uphill
Contrary to popular belief, running downhill is just as tough as running uphill. When you run downhill, a different group of muscles are stretched that make your body even more flexible. Regular runners should try to work on these muscles by slowly incorporating casual downhill running into their regime.
4. Pounding the pavement heel-first
Generally, while walking or running, your heels hit the ground first. But if you don’t want injuries like shin splints, you should always land the mid-foot first on the ground, instead of the heel. This practice helps shorten the length of your stride.
5. Focusing on the distance, instead of the time
With the help of GPS, it has become completely easy to calculate how long you have run. But instead of calculating distance, you should focus on the time. Keeping tabs on your time can help you improve your pace. That way, you don’t have to overwork yourself in order to complete the distance.