If you are doing this before a run, you have got it all wrong

May 11, 2017

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    Static stretching

    Do you remember the warm up sessions we learned and did in the morning assemblies years ago in the school? If you’re a runner it’s good that much of that is now out-of-date because according to some searches static stretching is not good for runners. In fact, another recent study found that warming up with static stretching before a run may lead to slower start.  So, instead of static, go for dynamic warm-up as it prepares your muscles more effectively. Image source : Getty

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    Eating too much

    Avoid eating too much before you hit the road. The digestive process slows down while you run and does not operate as usual as exercise divert the normal blood flow to your gastro-intestinal (GI) system. Therefore, make sure you eat moderate carbohydrate content before you run as they are easily digested. Image source : Getty

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    Over or under hydrating

    Extreme of either of two is not good. Don’t drink litres of water just before you head out, as it won’t hydrate you that quickly, in fact, it may rather leave you feel miserable with sloshing stomach.  The best way to keep yourself hydrated is to keep sipping water throughout the day without overdoing it. Also, avoid caffeinated and energy drinks as caffeine can give you an elevated heart rate while energy drinks with too much sugar can spike blood sugar levels. Image source : Getty

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    Not using the bathroom

    Life is good if you can time running with your bathroom habits. If you prefer running in the morning, you may want to stay away from coffee before you run because caffeine, you know, can get things moving. Avoid filling yourself with fluids about 30 minutes prior to your run and don’t forget to make one last bathroom stop before heading out, if you don’t want to piss yourself. Image source : Getty

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    Not listening to your body

    Most of us are culprit of doing this! If you are a beginner, it’s important for you to learn to listen to your body.  If you are feeling achy or tired, take a day off. Depending upon your age and health history, it may be a good idea to incorporate cross-training into your routine to improve your running. Fitness and running are a lifetime commitment. Take your time and figure out what works best for you. Image source : Getty