All of your runs should start with a warm-up and
end with a cool down. Why are they so important? A good warm-up dilates your
blood vessels, ensuring that your muscles are well supplied with oxygen. It
also raises the temperature of your muscles for optimal flexibility and
efficiency. By slowly raising your heart rate, the warm-up also helps minimize
stress on your heart when you start your run.
Just as important, the cool down keeps the blood
flowing throughout the body. Stopping suddenly can cause light-headedness
because your heart rate and blood pressure drop more rapidly. Winding down
slowly allows them to fall gradually.
Here's how to do a proper warm-up
and cool down.
All the pavement pounding you endure while running mile after
mile means one very important thing — you have to make sure to keep your
feet healthy. Most people can endure the long runs while training for a
half-marathon … but the race itself is a whole other monster on your feet.
Wearing the wrong kind of sock could lead to a flash mob of blisters on your
feet. Running socks come in many different materials, thicknesses and sizes. To
help sort out all the choices, here are my recommendations.
I’ve been asked this question several times by runners
training for the upcoming Holiday Half Marathon and 5K Run on
December 13-14. With less than 4 weeks to go before race time, this is
the perfect time to start thinking about your running shoes. Here are
As an avid
runner, physical therapist, and a member of the medical team for the annual Holiday
Half-Marathon & 5K Race at Bonelli Regional Park …. I’m often
asked, “Should I walk the half-marathon this year?” Here’s my advice for both
beginning and regular walkers.
Waking up to play golf is a great way to start the day. However, when you finish playing do you feel as great? Maybe there is a little ache when you swing or different pains when you walk away from the 18th green. Maybe there is more soreness than what you are used to when you wake up the next day. Golf is here to stay in your life, what can you do to make sure your body is fit for it?
Answer is Golf WELL.