Its springtime and it’s that time of the year when thoughts of fun under the sun come to mind. It’s when you want to move out of your indoor hibernation and head outdoors. It’s also a great time to start exercising, not in the gym but out in the open. There’s hardly a better exercise for burning those stubborn calories than running, and there’s hardly anything out there to beat running in the open.
In fact, when you run on the road it helps in greater calorie burning than running on a treadmill. That’s because the belt moves on a treadmill which takes some stress off your leg muscles. However, running outdoors makes the body adapt to the changing terrain, and that consumes more energy. Besides, you also need to resist the wind, which causes a 2 to 10% rise in the workload.
Running Stresses the Body While Burning Calories
In running, and in all kinds of exercising, the body goes through a slight breaking down process and then rebuilds itself. This process helps in adding density to the bones and strengthening the muscles. But as we mentioned before, running outdoors takes more energy and can cause greater stress on your body. This is something you need to remember when you are starting to run outside after months of winter.
Because of the greater oxygen consumption your body requires, you’ll find it difficult to run at the same pace as you would have been doing on the treadmill. In such situations it’s always better to start running at a slow pace in the initial few weeks before gradually increasing the pace as your body starts adapting to the greater demands of outdoor running.
From Sedentary Lifestyle to Activity
Most of us spend much of our time in sedentary activities, making some of our muscles not fully equipped for handling the stress involved in running. Our body’s core, or central portion, must stabilize the demands of our legs while running. A strengthened core is vital. With the assistance of physiotherapists, chiropractors and physicians, you’ll be better equipped for handling the rigors and reducing the strain on the body.
Right Nutrition is Really Important
Don’t overlook the importance of following the right diet and nutrition. You should consume the right blend of proteins, fats and carbohydrates at least thirty minutes before you start running. You must also ensure you stay hydrated all through the run. Lack of proper hydration could result in dizziness and fatigue during your run. You could experience headache after you’ve run and cramps in the leg muscles. Even if you aren’t running, you need to keep a water bottle with you all through the day. On your runs you must carry water. This is especially important if you plan to run for more than an hour.
Importance of Custom Orthotics
Wearing the right shoes or shoes with the right kind of sole can go a long way in ensuring greater safety while running. That’s where custom orthotics comes in. HealthQuest offers these as part of its pain management solutions. Custom orthotics is basically customized soles to be placed within your running shoe. As your feet rest on them, they provide more efficient medial arch support and ensure the right body posture and balance overall while you’re standing, walking or running. This helps reduce strain and contributes to overall better health of the body’s lower limbs by maintaining the 3-arched structure of the feet. At HealthQuest, we generate a computerized report of your feet which helps create the right orthotics.
And this spring we have a great deal for you. Come over for an evaluation and you only need to pay $250, as against the usual rate of $300, for a new pair of custom orthotics designed just for your feet.