Q&A: Expert Commentary From Max Smith

question I’m keen to start running outdoors, what is the best way to prepare my body for this?

answerDue to its repetitive nature, running can be taxing on the joints and muscles, it can therefore be very useful having a postural analysis done by a relevant professional to ensure you are carrying and moving your body in a safe and effective way. In today’s modern society our bodies are rarely moved and challenged as they need to be, we are like cars in the sense that we are made to move or eventually our parts will stop working! A good example of this is when someone spends hours sitting at a desk all day. Sitting for long periods of time with your legs bent can cause the quad and hip flexor muscles at the front of your leg to shorten and weaken, not only do they stop working properly but they also stop other muscles working effectively. This can lead to injury, poor performance and ultimately a loss of motivation when running outdoors. Have a trainer check your muscles are functioning as they should so you will be able to run when you want without the worry of injury.

Max Smith is a personal trainer at Virgin Active Kensington; www.virginactive.co.uk

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