From Couch to 5K
By: Dr. Richard McClain, Allied Bone and Joint Plymouth Office
Summer is the time to increase outdoor activity and enjoy the sun! Running is great exercise that conditions bodies, strengthens hearts and revitalizes attitudes. The Blueberry Stomp is a good chance to participate in a group run. But if you’ve spent more time on the couch this past year, you may not be quite ready. Below are training tips to minimize injury and maximize enjoyment:
- Start slow, set realistic goals and gradually increase your pace and distance.
- Get good shoes. All your weight, and then some, impacts the ground with each stride.
- Run safely. Avoid high-traffic areas and potential blind spots, and be “heads up” around vehicles.
- Pay attention to minor injuries, aches and pains. Don’t overdo it.
- Find motivation. Music, friends and goals all help to keep us going.
For a 5K run, build to a 3-mile (or 30-minute) run. There are training plans available online if you want a programmed approach to training. Above all, running should be enjoyable. Have fun keeping your Life in Motion!