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If You’re Running … Be Sure To Warm Up, Stretch and Cool Down

12/8/2014

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.

What Type of Socks Should I Run In?

11/28/2014
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.

Should I Wear New Running Shoes for My Race?

11/19/2014
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 my recommendations.

Should I Walk The Half-Marathon This Year?

11/12/2014
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.

Don’t let the ache affect your swing

8/26/2014
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.
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