Health Tip: Avoid a Runner's Overuse Injury

Take it easy and pace yourself

(HealthDay News) -- When you exercise too vigorously or too often, it can lead to an overuse injury.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to help prevent an overuse injury in runners:

  • Don't increase your distance by greater than 10 percent in any week.
  • Don't run more than 45 miles in a single week.
  • Stick to soft, flat surfaces. Avoid uneven ones.
  • Don't run when you are in pain. Apply ice to the painful area, and see a doctor if necessary.
  • Give your body a break with a few easy days of exercise after very strenuous exercise.
  • Get new running shoes every 500 miles.
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