Running often comes with strong feelings. People seem to either love it or hate it. But if you hate it, you might not be going about it in the right way. There are a few mistakes that can make Vancouver runs really unpleasant, and if you can avoid them, you might be surprised to learn that you love it too. After all, the benefits of running far outweigh the effort it takes.
Not only will your waistline thank you, but you can actually lower your risk of certain diseases. Heart disease is one of the most common causes of death, and running can significantly lower that risk. Running keeps your heart pumping for a great workout and helps arteries retain their elasticity.
Moreover, it can reduce the risks of breast cancer and stroke and can help you combat conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. Not to mention, it is great for stress relief to keep your mental well-being in line with your physical well-being.
You don’t have to be a super long-distance or marathon runner to reap the rewards for your health. If long Vancouver running races are your thing, more power to you. But studies have shown that even as little as five minutes of running a day can extend your lifespan. This is due to the improvements to your health that are sparked by moderate running.
Whether you’re a beginner runner or a seasoned veteran, here are some of the popular Vancouver running events to consider registering for:
- Vancouver Sun Run
- BMO Van Marathon
- Turkey Trot Run
- The Big Easter Run
- The Millions Reasons Run
- Run for Women
- Vancouver Half Marathon
- The Longest Day Road Race
- The Father’s Day Run
- Bumrun Vancouver
Are you wanting to register for a Vancouver running event but none of the options above fit what you’re looking for? Check out Run Guides for more options!
Avoid Running Injuries With Proper Exercise and Footwear
There is a right way and a wrong way to run. Running injuries are all too common, and most of the time they are completely avoidable.
Stretching and warming up are the best things you can do before a run to avoid injuries before Vancouver running events. Some simple stretches for your calves, quads and hamstrings will go a long way. And warming up is as easy as walking for five minutes before you run. These simple precautions can prevent pulled muscles, joint injuries and shin splints.
Shin splints are incredibly common and painful. They are caused when you overuse the muscles connected to your shin bone, especially when running on hard surfaces like concrete. If you are prone to shin splints, having the right footwear and custom orthotics can help drastically by reducing the pressure on your lower leg when running.
Figuring out what kind of feet you have via tests like a GaitScan Analysis will help tremendously in determining the right running shoe for you. Good running shoes will be flexible and provide proper arch support. And adding custom orthotics is an extra layer of protection against common running injuries.
Custom Orthotics Can Take Your Running to the Next Level
Sometimes having good running shoes is not enough. Because all of your weight is compressed onto your feet, the slightest misalignment can cause a domino effect of pain to your ankles, knees, hips and spine.
Custom orthotics fitted by a Chiropractor are like insoles created from an imprint of your foot and prescribed specifically for your feet. They are designed to help realign the bones in your feet to relieve pressure and joint pain. And given how impactful pain is on your motivation to run, having orthotics can make the difference between committing and giving up. Most extended health insurance companies will cover most or all of the cost of your custom orthotics.
If you’re ready to improve your running in Vancouver, give us a call to help you figure out the best way to achieve peak performance while avoiding any unnecessary injuries.
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