Running Motivation and Injury Prevention

Physiotherapy can help with running pain

Many people choose to run for physical activity because all you need is a sturdy pair of running shoes as well as the motivation to run. Finding motivation to get out there and run is a hurdle for a lot of us to overcome! Here are our top tips for finding the motivation to run.

1) Friends don't let friends run alone.

The best motivator can simply be running with a friend or seeking a friend that already runs. Trying to run alone can be daunting and it is much more enjoyable when you have a running buddy to motivate you and keep you accountable. Why not try to do weekly Sunday morning runs with a friend? Turn it into a social affair with a breakfast/brunch reward after! We recommend a low-fat, low-carb, protein, and fruit-filled breakfast for that clean energy boost -- but we wouldn't say no to the occasional eggs and bacon indulgence either.

2) Countdown to race day!

Motivation can be strong when there's a deadline in sight! If it's your first time running, you may want to start with a 5 km race and give yourself a good 2-3 months time to work up to it. There's nothing that feels more motivating than running with a crowd, fundraising for a great cause, and reaping the health benefits.

3) It's all about the music, or just a really great podcast.

A great playlist of music can get you in the right mood for running. Try making a playlist that syncs with your pace. For new runners, songs at 120-140 beats per minute (BPM) may be a comfortable pace to begin. Or, try figuring out your pace and ideal BPM next time you're on a run! Run at a comfortable pace and count the number steps you take in 15 seconds. Multiply by four to figure out the total number of steps per minute. The music you choose should have a BPM rate that is similar to your steps per minute!

4) Don't let those aches and pains slow you down!

If you are experiencing aches or pains while running, it could be an issue with cadence, your footwear, your running technique, or a muscle imbalance, to name a few. While some running issues only require rest for it to resolve, some aches and pains may not go away even with rest. These issues can worsen with continued running which can lead to injury and set you back on your running journey. Physiotherapists can examine and assess your aches and pains and evaluate your running technique to determine the underlying cause of your issues. If needed, physiotherapy can help you back on your way to setting your personal best on race day. As with all exercise programs, we recommend consulting healthcare professionals before starting!

Looking for a physiotherapist in Mississauga to assess your running or help you with your running pains? Contact us and ask about our physiotherapy and registered massage services!

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