Providence, RI, March 23, 2022 — With a few hints of warm spring weather recently, many Ocean Staters have laced up their running shoes and literally hit the road. While taking advantage of the good weather to improve your conditioning is a great way to get ready for summer, it can have some significant impact on your joints and back if you donâ€™t take precautions.
â€œWhen youâ€™re starting any exercise regimen, moderation is key. When it comes to running, there are other variables you will want to consider,â€ said Dr. Kristin Kolesar Fabris, president of the Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island and a chiropractor at Be Well Chiropractic in Providence, Rhode Island.
That starts with running on smooth, paved roads. This reduces the risk of falls. Avoid slanted, rocky and unpaved surfaces. In addition to increasing the risk of a fall, these surfaces can impact your spinal alignment.
Also, be sure you have the right footwear and replace running shoes youâ€™ve had for a whileâ€”typically every 300 to 500 miles. If your shoes show wear and tear prior to 300 miles, replace them. Running in worn out shoes can increase your risk of injury and lead to foot problems and ankle sprains.
â€œYou also want to be mindful of your posture while running. Slouching or looking down can lead to neck and back issues and cause fatigue. Keep your spine straight with your shoulders back to minimize the risk of injury,â€ said Dr. Fabris.
The biggest key lies not in the running but the recovery. Post-running, your muscles need to heal and regroup. Give yourself enough time between runs for rest. You will also want to pay more attention to what you eat after you run. Eat more protein and reduce your carbohydrates on rest days. Also, add more polyunsaturated fats because they fight inflammation, decrease free radical damage and aid muscle recovery.
â€œMost of all, avoid doing too much too soon and create a running schedule that works for your bodyâ€”and listen to your body should persistent pain arise,â€ said Dr. Fabris.
To sustain overall wellness and a running program, you may want to consider chiropractic adjustments. If you are not currently seeing a chiropractor and want to explore how chiropractic can help, you can utilize the â€œFind A Doctorâ€ feature on the Chiropractic Society of Rhode Islandâ€™s website, https://www.richiro.org
About Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island (CSRI):
Founded in 1918, CSRI is one of the oldest chiropractic associations in the United States and represents almost half of the chiropractic physicians in the Ocean State. In addition to providing a regional voice for chiropractors in the business and legislative arenas, CSRI also helps educate the general public on the benefits of chiropractic. Those all-natural benefits can include relief from headaches, asthma, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel, colic, and stress, just to name a few. The Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island is located at 1272 West Main Road, Building 2, Middletown, RI 02842. For more information, call (401) 207-0700 or visit https://www.richiro.org