As a runner, there is nothing worse than suffering an injury which means you’re unable to continue running. Whether it’s for a short period of time or something that has you off your feet for a number of months, the urge to get started again grows with every single day.
While you may want to get started straight away, it’s important to make sure you’re ready to avoid any further issues. With that in mind, here are 7 tips to getting back into running after
- Do Your Research And Take Doctors Advice
If you have never experienced an injury from running before, it’s best to get as much advice as you can. Whether you speak to your doctor or research online, taking care of yourself should be the most important priority. When searching online it’s important to take everything with a pinch of salt, but if you’re unsure of anything you can always double check with your doctor.
- Wait Until You Physically Feel Ready
If the advice your given says you are able to start running again but you don’t feel ready, don’t push yourself. Starting too early could result in more issues further down the line, so starting again when you’re ready is incredibly important. Use the advice you’ve been given as a guideline, but above all trust your gut.
- Start With Brisk Walks And Increase Intensity Each Day
When you finally get back to running after your injury, starting incredibly small is a great way to ensure you are ready. Start off by doing brisk walks and increase the intensity each day. If you find you’re pushing yourself too hard, you can go back to doing brisk walks or take an even longer break.
- Take Breaks If Needed
If you find when you are out running that you are struggling more than you normally would, taking regular breaks is not a bad thing. Take it as easy as you need to otherwise you could end up with further injuries. If you’re suffering from a more serious injury, like total joint replacement, you may find that you’re having to take breaks more often than not.
- Hire A Personal Trainer
If you don’t already have a personal trainer, now might be a good time to hire one. They’ll be able to help you work your way back into running slowly but surely, making sure you avoid any additional injuries. Whilst they may be one of the more expensive options, they’ll definitely be able to tell you when you’re ready to get back out there.
- Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Advice
Often people are too stubborn to ask for help and advice but this could hinder your progress. If you need help with something, ask a doctor, professional, or personal trainer.
- Keep A Positive Mental Attitude
Staying positive throughout everything will not only help you get back on track faster, but it will mean your injury doesn’t get you down too much. Remember, you’ll be back running before you know it!
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