How To Run Infinitely: Common Injuries and Tips to Train Smarter
Over time, running can take a toll on your body. Despite its many benefits, the repetitive stress and impact of running can often lead to joint pain and injury. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that 74 percent of runners suffer a moderate or severe injury each year.
Runners can be prone to a variety of injuries. Ten percent of runners experience shin splints, which are caused by inflammation of the anterior tibialis muscle—resulting in pain in the shin and lower leg. Additionally, five to 18 percent develop plantar fasciitis – an irritation of the plantar fascia band of tissue on the bottom of the foot, which causes heel pain. You can see additional common running injuries on the infographic below.
As we age, our bodies become less adept at tolerating repetitive impact. And research shows that running and jogging participation drops dramatically with aging — from 7.9 million in the 35-44 age bracket to only 2 million in the 55-64 age range.
It's time to start training and running smarter. The current metric for training is miles run. As a result, many runners try to achieve more mileage and end up with overuse or chronic injuries. This ultimately limits their ability to train properly for races or personal goals and keeps them from an activity they enjoy.
We're ushering in a new era in running, and a change in philosophy is needed. Exclusively hitting the pavement to log your miles is no longer recommended or necessary. New low-impact tools are diversifying how runners train in an effort keep them moving and avoid repeated stress on your joints.
Over the last 10 years, valuable tools like the Octane Fitness® Zero Runner®, ElliptiGO bike and anti-gravity treadmill have provided valuable options to help keep you and other runners pursuing your passion.
Incorporating zero and low-impact training into your routine eliminates the stress of those workouts on your joints — allowing you to run longer or fit in an extra run during the week. Normally, as runners become fatigued, they lose track of their form — this critical time is when many runners suffer an injury.
With zero and low-impact training as part of your routine, you can lower your risk of injury by removing impact from the equation. By running smarter, you can enjoy running longer and later in life.