When it comes to our overall health, fitness, and general well-being, you probably don’t need anybody to tell you that in order to benefit from fantastic health and fitness, you will need to ensure you follow a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise. As far as physical exercise is concerned, you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a better example of an aerobic activity that benefits the body in a variety of different ways than running. Running is a fantastic method to stay in shape, boost fitness and endurance, lose weight or keep your weight under control. Whilst running is extremely beneficial, it can also be physically demanding which is why running injuries are a lot more common than many of us probably would have realised. A running injury can put you on the sidelines for weeks, possibly even months and is not a pleasant thing to have to experience. For that reason, here are our top three tips to help you recover from a running injury and get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
Rest the injury
If you’ve been regularly physically active for a number of weeks, months, or even years, then finding yourself on the sidelines as a result of an injury will not be easy to take. Despite this, however, you must ensure that you rest the injury for as long as possible and that you resist the urge to try to work through the pain or discomfort. Pain and discomfort are the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, and for that reason, you must ensure that you listen to your body and that you don’t put any additional or unnecessary weight or strain on the injury and allow it time to heal. As time goes by, you should notice an improvement but don’t attempt to exercise until you’re satisfied that all pain and discomfort has subsided. It’s frustrating, but it has to be done.
Ice the injury
Ankle and knee injuries are especially common amongst runners and if you find yourself suffering from either or any similar injury for that matter, you should take the strain and pressure off of it and apply ice to the affected area. Use an ice pack wrapped in a towel, or a frozen bag of vegetables and leave it on the affected area for around 10 – 15 minutes. Never leave ice on for too long as you could suffer from frostbite and tissue damage. The ice will dramatically reduce inflammation, helping the injury to heal much quicker.
Use compression techniques
Compression techniques which involve pressure being applied to injured areas are also extremely effective and can dramatically help to speed up recovery time. You can purchase special compression elasticated bandages which you can tightly wrap around injured limbs and muscles to help support them. However, make sure you don’t wrap them too tight or else you could cut off circulation to the area, which could make things much worse. If the affected area feels numb or too tight, slightly loosen it.
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