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7 Foods and Drinks Runners Should Avoid

foods-that-runners-should-avoidRunners care about their bodies. Most enjoy staying in shape and hearing about foods or beverages that promote a healthy body and don’t interfere with performance. However, there are a number of foods on the market that runners should stay away from at all costs because they are known for inhibiting athletic performance, decreasing energy and function, and causing negative health effects on the body.

Staying on the Right Track

staying-on-the-right-track-feet-runningThe foot is a complex mechanism, bearing the brunt of inordinate stress when we run, and, like any machine, it requires regular care and maintenance if it is to continue to function at optimum levels.

Foot-strike and Avoiding Injuries

foot-strike-avoid-injuriesMuch has been said and written by sports scientists and coaches about foot-strike (how and where the foot makes contact with the ground), some of it is contradictory. If there is a consensus, it appears to be that where (in relation to your body) your foot hits the floor is more important than how it lands.

Common Problems That Plague Runners

common-foot-problems-runnersRunners are particularly vulnerable to certain foot conditions and injuries, most of which may be attributable to the way their feet land.

What Your Feet Can Tell You About Your Health

what-your-feet-can-tell-you-about-your-healthWhile a runner’s feet problems may seem like a curse, they could be doing you a big favor in alerting you to health issues elsewhere in your body. Furthermore, because your feet take the weight of your whole body, foot problems can quickly lead to discomfort and affect the way you run. This can in turn cause knee, hip and back pain.

What Your Running Shoes Can Tell You

running-shoes-runOnce you have selected your running shoes, over time they can point towards problems with your feet. The nature of the wear and tear that occurs to your shoes can become a useful diagnostic tool as to how you run on your feet.

It’s All in Your Footprint

footprints-sand-runningWellbeing advice organization Healthline says one of the main causes of foot complications is wearing the wrong shoes for your feet. However, before choosing the running shoes that are a perfect fit for you, you need to understand what type of feet you have. Runner’s World recommends a simple “wet test” to determine whether your arches are flat, high or medium.

If We Were Born to Run, What’s the Problem?

born-to-run-running-problemsWhen rock living-legend Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen began penning “Born to Run” in 1974, he may well have been writing figuratively, but the key line, “Baby, we were born to run”, stands on its own as a literal statement.

Focus on Mechanics and Proprioception

proper running form can improve running with flat feetProprioception is the sense of the relative position of neighboring parts of the body and the strength of effort that the body employs to move. While running and walking, it is important to concentrate on how your feet strike the ground and the way the rest of your body moves in relation to the feet.

Strengthen Your Arches

strengthening the arches can improve running with flat feetTry some simple exercises to strengthen your arch muscles. Exercise will not only strengthen the muscles that run along each side of your foot but will also lengthen those muscles, ultimately building your arch support.

Here a couple of exercises that are known to strengthen the arches:

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