How to Avoid Walking and Running Injuries, Part 4

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In the first blog article in this series called “How to Avoid Walking and Running Injuries” I said I would focus on effective training and injury prevention. Walking and running injuries are usually caused by constant repetition and in the last two articles I covered the 4 primary causes: overuse, compensation, pressure and power.

In today’s article I answer the question, “Can you really avoid injury?”

Can You Really Avoid Injury?

If you think about the 4 primary causes– overuse, compensation, pressure and power — it is really no surprise that walkers but especially runners get injured. However, you can reduce the risk of injury by paying attention to one fundamental principle, a principle that you will hear me saying over and over again, and that is the importance of exercising gradually and progressively.

In my view, this is a very important issue for walkers and runners alike and one that many don’t seem to understand or if they do, they don’t take seriously. It is especially important if you are just starting to exercise by walking and running.

I have come across many new walkers and runners who start by trying to do too much, too hard, too soon. Within a relatively short time frame they have stopped because of injury and the whole experience has been a negative one rather than the positive one it should have been. I sincerely hope that you do not fall into this trap so please pay serious attention to my gradual and progressive principle!

In the next article we will explore “How You Can Reduce Your Risk from Injury!” To make sure you get each edition of the series, you can sign up for my Blog by filling your information in below.

Until the next time remember my motto:

You don’t have to be fit and healthy to start, but you do have to start to be fit and healthy.

By Jim Kirwan

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