Running and jogging are immensely popular in the U.S., with more than 50 million of us engaged in some level of this activity. And it’s no wonder. The benefits of this sport are many, including improved cardiovascular health, a lower heart rate, better sleep, a lower rate of arthritis and elevated mood and energy levels.
As our physical therapist at The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center can attest, there are a host of common mistakes that “newbies” make when they start hitting the road. At our state-of-the-art facility, we have treated many individuals who have suffered injuries related to these missteps, including knee instability and pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis and iliotibial band syndrome.
Here are a few of the missteps to avoid if you’re getting ready to start a running or jogging routine: