Christmas is over and the turkey wasn't the only thing that got stuffed. Many of us over-indulged in both food and alcohol and have come out the other side swearing to shape up...but we should be realistic about the shape we are currently in, and chose our exercise regimes accordingly! I am specifically thinking about the suitability of running as exercise for the unfit, overweight, or under-prepared.
Don't get me wrong, running is clearly fantastic exercise, it takes the weight off, gets the heart pumping, helps maintain bone density and improves general fitness but it is also high impact. That means it has the potential to impact heavily on a number of structures and do us more harm than good, so here are a few things to think about
So how does this depressing litany help us train smarter and more safely?
Damian is the principal osteopath at Vauxhall Village Osteopathy and Oval Osteopathy