Running or jogging is perhaps one of the most popular exercise routines today. However, some runners tend to make some common mistakes.
Here are some of these mistakes and how you can avoid them to run better and stay healthy.
Wearing the wrong shoes
You need a pair of good reliable running shoes that would suit not only the size of your feet, but the type of pronation your foot executes when you run or walk, and the track that you are going to be jogging on. There are three types of pronation: neutral, supination, and over pronation. If you are flat-footed, then you are likely to overpronate and if your foot has a high arch then you will likely supinate. If none of those two fit the description, then you probably have a neutral pronation, which is ideal to walking or running. Having the right type of
shoe helps reduce the risk of injury, discomfort, and would improve your performance as you jog.
Not having enough rest days
While jogging, your body undergoes a lot of stress to burn those calories and improve your stamina. Having enough rest is necessary to enable your body to heal and catch up to your routine. Also, eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of sleep will help you recuperate and prepare you for your next run.
Speeding up too soon
While we all want to improve how fast we jog or run, do take it one-step at a time. According to legendary runner and coach Arthur Lydiard, runners should keep at 10 percent to 15 percent their weekly mileage and should always start slow to avoid injury.
Relying heavily on equipment
Jogging and running are a simple sport, every piece of equipment you carry makes it more complicated than it should be. When you have too much on you while you run, you tend to rely too much on your equipment instead of living the moment. When you run, try not to carry a lot of equipment and just carry the basics with you.