When the Runner can’t run
For an avid runner, it can be devastating when they can’t run. Running could be their main source of exercise and or therapy, giving them peace of mind when they are active in the sport. Unfortunately, things happen that prevent a runner from running, and some of those instances could mean a lot of time off their feet. One they get back on their feet it could take a while to get back into it, and back to the pace the runner was once used to. While nobody wants to miss out on their favorite activities, it will happen when we least expect it to. Here are some reasons why a runner may not be able to run, and some things that will at least allow them to get some exercise in the meantime.
Medical Conditions could be the worse
Getting injured is the pits, and it doesn’t take a genius to know that some injuries are worse than others. When it comes to a medical condition that could prevent you from running, you should speak to your doctor before you attempt it. Running could make the injury or condition worsen instead of getting better. Some conditions are ok to run in, but they could be painful to do so. A podiatrist will tell you whether it is safe or not to continue running, and whether you should limit your activities.
Some injuries are caused by running, and for the runner this is the worst. Feet can be sensitive and certain areas of the feet are more sensitive than others. Plantar Fasciitis, Bone Spurs, and Bursitis are some common ones that occur with repetitive runners. More common ailments however, consist of things such as athletes foot, warts, corns, hammertoe and ingrown toenails. Sprains and strains to the ankle, knee and hip can cause a problem with running also, and are reasons to not be running. A broken bone, anywhere from the hip down will mean you won’t be running for quite some time.
While running might be out of the question if any of these conditions occur, there are still some limited exercises you might be able to do in the house. Stretching and keeping your muscles and ligaments at their finest will help you get back on your feet when you are ready to start running again. You don’t have to be on your feet to do most stretching exercises. You can also do sit-ups and possibly pushups. You can move your arms in circles, and if you can stand to be on the injury, possibly squats. If your doctor has said no to running than that will mean anything that resembles that type of motion or pressure on the foot. This includes jumping jacks.
Of course, none of these will do your cardio workout any good, as they are not as labor intensive as running. However, they will help your muscles get a good work out to them while your body heals from whatever it is you might have. Keep your resolve and remember the fire and spirit you had when you were running, so you can call upon it again when you are ready to get back on your feet. Take it slow when you do return to you don’t cause another injury or end up down before you are fully up again.
Outstanding weather conditions
Adverse weather conditions could prove a problem for many. While the rain may not bug you, or many people, a storm could change that. It could be ok to run in most rainy weather, so long as it is done during the day and there is enough light out to see by. This is where the weather is so wet that you can barely see in front of you, can turn dirt paths into mud, and make it dangerous to cross intersections as it limits the visibility of drivers too. Other weather conditions such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and lightning storms mean you should not go outside at all, as the dangers are not worth the time it takes to run.
It’s not safe to run in these conditions so you might have to go a day or two without it, or stick to activities that might allow you to run in the house. Running in place, or jumping jacks could be a solution if you need to get some physical exercise, but the feeling won’t be the same.
The geographical area that you happen to be in
Sometimes the area you live in might be a little rough, or a little cramped. It could make it unsafe to run, especially at night. Some areas, especially those in inner cities where crime is more common than you think, could prove problematic when it comes to getting the exercise that you are used to getting.
For others, the gym could either be too far, with no transportation to get there, or they might not be one available. Some gyms have limitations as to when they are open, and the times that they are open might not fit for your schedule. Or the gym could be so limited as to offer weights only, or classes only but no treadmills for you to run on.
A solution would be to get your own treadmill in the house or find someone that lives nearby and will let you use theirs. Treadmills take up space and can be costly for many. While they will get you the exercise you are looking for, you need to have enough space for it to fit into your home properly.
If a treadmill of your own is not an option, try running with a group, at times during the day or the early morning hours. Groups of people are less likely to be assaulted or stopped by criminals since there are too many witnesses. It’s always safer to be in a group anyway, and it can make the run more entertaining.