Stay healthy for running

By David Hare CSCS, owner of Functional Training Ireland.

Below are some absolute basics to keep you fit and healthy for your weekly run, if you are a beginner or an expert they still hold true.

1. Get some soft tissue work;

Running is very hard on the legs, so getting regular massage, introducing some foam rolling into your routine or trigger point work will really help you become a fit and healthy runner.

2. Do some strength work;

Okay you hate lifting weights, but i’m talking about glute bridging work, tough stretches and core work, all of which will help you run better and more healthy. Get a good strength coach to show you how to do these, it’s not good enough to look up YouTube and cod yourself into thinking it’s good for you.

3. Stretch;

Simple but effective if done RIGHT. Your old school PE stretches aren’t going to cut the mustard anymore. 

4. Eat;

They amount of runners that don’t eat enough and at the right times is staggering. You need protein and carbs etc, but the basics still remain, eat well immediately after a run, you will feel so much better.

5. Hydrate;

Keep plenty of fluids in the system if you are a runner.

6. Get a coach of some description;

Try as you will, you can’t coach yourself get some else to tell you how stupid the program you just invented is!

7. Supplement;

If you are a serious runner I like, Vit D, Fish Oil, Protein and recovery shakes to be in your arsenal.

Hope you enjoyed the tips,

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