Grab those running shoes and get set

For wellness enthusiasts, the season of running is just about to start. Now is the time to start training and registering for any of the many marathons that are conducted in Bangalore and New Delhi. What a better way to beat the heat than with a little huffing and puffing! With the number of wellness converts increasing at a steady rate, day by day, it is time you joined in too, don’t you think?

Why should I run?

Running is a primitive survival technique and is also the training base for any form of sporting activity. It sets the tone for a safe baseline wellness regime too. Plus, this is one exercise that can be performed anywhere and anytime.

What are the benefits of running?

Running is a very good workout for the heart and lung. Secondly, it’s an amazing workout which strengthens the legs and the spine. If practised with adequate stretches and weight training, running can become an addiction you just don’t want to give up!

How do I run?

Pick up a pair of comfortable running shoes and wear them while training. You must get comfortable in your running shoes by wearing them for at least 10 weeks prior to running the marathon. Do not run the race in a new pair of shoes you are not used to.

What are the other gears I need?

Select clothing and utility gear which are lighter in shade and quick to dry. A drenched fabric will make your surface temperature drop drastically because of rapid cooling, and in turn may result in a dip in core temperature.

How often do I re-hydrate myself?

This directly depends upon one’s type of training and the humidity in the air.
For example, if you have trained yourself to run 5 kilometres without fluids, then your body will not cramp up or be exhausted till the first 5 kilometres are over. But if you are training by taking fluids at regular intervals, then you need to do the same on the race day too.

When should I stop running?

The first symptom to look for is light headedness. Light headedness is a symptom for low blood supply to the brain. If you experience severe palpitations (beyond 180 beats per minute), take a break and slow down. The heart needs to secure blood for its own functioning.

Remember, running is a great form to wellness. But it involves an element of risk depending on your level of training, consistency in training, nutrition and hydration. So make sure you have your physicians clearance before you run. Make the most of the great weather outside!

Last modified on Monday, 02 March 2015 13:21

Dr.Gladson Johnson

Dr.Gladson Johnson is a practicing Sports Physiotherapist by profession for the past 16 years and a passionate bare foot runner for the past 10 years. He is the founder of Attitude Prime an organization which caters to Sports Injuries and Lifestyle Management through “Exercises” . Dr.Gladson Johnson believes that “Exercise Is Medicine

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