Are you one of the thousands of Portlanders who run for fun and exercise? For years, Portland has been ranked as one of the healthiest and most active cities in the entire country! And with good reason. It seems like every weekend there’s a 5k, 10k, or half-marathon run going on. No matter where you live in the Portland area, from Lake Oswego to Oregon City, there’s almost certainly a race near you soon!
The ugly truth about running
Running is great exercise for the mind, body, and soul. But like many forms of physical activity, it’s common for people to do too much too fast and suffer from a wide variety of injuries. Everything from aches and pains to more serious strains and tears are possible.
The key to building a healthy relationship with running is emphasizing recovery as an active and essential part of your training program. Recovery is when your body works to build itself back up after a tough workout. If you skip recovery and rest days, you’ll be putting a tax on your body. And like all taxes, it will eventually come due — and you’ll be paying in pain and frustration.
3 tips for new runners:
For decades, runners and athletes of all kinds have used ice baths to relieve sore muscles. But ice baths are old fashioned. Think about it:
We hear those same complaints over and over and over again. That’s why so many people are coming to Lux Tan & Cryotherapy instead of relying on old fashioned ice baths. By comparison, cryo is:
Recovery doesn’t always mean laying around with your feet up — although sometimes it does! Running can be hard on the joints and doesn’t stress all of your muscles the same way. If you’re a runner in Portland, look for ways to cross-train like:
Look for ways to get your heart rate up, but don’t put too much stress on the muscles you use while running. Cross-training will help make you a stronger runner and reduce your risk of injuries.
Using a foam roller is a great way to stretch out tired muscles and get rid of aches and pains. Best of all, it’s something every runner can do in their own home without a lot of fancy and expensive equipment. If you’re new to foam rolling, here’s what you need to know:
A great massage can relieve pain, tension, and help you unwind after a long run or a stressful day at the office. There are so many great massage therapists in Portland offering many different styles of massage, including:
Soaking in hot or cold water can really aid in recovery after running. Here in Portland, there’s Knot Springs, known for its series of hot and cold alternating soaking tubs, steam rooms, and saunas. Put it all together and you’ve got a truly unique recovery experience.
For at-home soaks, try Epsom Salts! Avid soakers preach the benefits of these soaks which include reduced inflammation and improved muscle recovery. The science doesn’t fully support the practice, but there’s no denying that a relaxing soak is great for the mind, body, and soul!
At Lux Tan & Cryotherapy in Lake Oswego, we’ve got one of the hottest recovery tools around: a high-powered compression therapy system. Compression therapy aids in your running recovery by boosting blood flow and circulation in your legs and also:
Stay healthy and happy!
Interested in trying compression therapy or cryotherapy to aid in your running recovery? Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your first visit. We want to keep you running healthy and happy.