What you should do before you start running

Every sport provides benefits to the body when practiced properly, improving cardiopulmonary and muscular fitness and reducing the risk of heart and metabolic diseases. In addition, practicing sports increases energy and reduces emotional stress. 

One of the top choices among amateur athletes is running. A justifiable alternative, as this is a low-cost sport that can be practiced at flexible hours and with easy access to training locations. Warning: never forget that, in order to engage in this activity, athletes must be mindful of their own safety in the space they chose to exercise.

The success of any physical activity is directly related to receiving proper guidance to perform the exercises and avoid joint and/or muscle injuries. Ideally, you should seek appropriate professional advice before starting any physical activity, whatever it may be. 

Running, for instance, requires you to see a physician – preferably an orthopedist or cardiologist, or even a sports doctor or physical education specialist. This will allow you to perform the exercises correctly, developing and achieving your goal, while respecting the body's limitations and avoiding injuries to the joints and bones.

Note that exercises such as running cause increased impact on the joints, especially the knees, ankles, and hips, which are required support a greater load when compared to a normal day-to-day activity.

The joints are coated by a thin protective layer called cartilage. This structure serves both to absorb impact and to minimize friction during bone movements. Therefore, cartilage suffers wear and tear when you practice any activity.

Depending on the intensity, the load borne by the cartilage may be heavier or lighter. For example: running, jumping, or a simple walk correspond to different degrees of load. Important: continuous and lasting action may favor the appearance of cartilage injuries.

The development of therapies to contain or reverse cartilage injuries is a major challenge for medicine. One of the most innovative paths is the union of components, which enables a more effective action. The collagen peptide in its hydrolyzed form makes collagen more digestible by the body, which contributes to joint cartilage maintenance and helps improve joint pain.

Other important components are non-hydrolyzed type II collagen, which reduces the inflammatory process, and hyaluronic acid, which improves joint functionality, reducing pain and helping in joint maintenance. Together, these three compounds represent a real revolution in treatments, and are important health and quality of life solutions for patients.
November | 06 | 2020
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