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12 Bizarre Facts about Poor Posture [Infographic]

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Best Practices for Wearing Your Lumo Lift

How to wear my Lumo Lift?

Lumo Lift should be worn directly below your collarbone. The larger sensor portion is worn underneath your shirt, while the magnetic clasp goes on the outside of a shirt or undershirt to hold your Lumo Lift in place. For most accurate results, Lumo Lift should be worn on a fitted shirt (or fitted clothing). Be sure to reset the Target Posture on your Lumo Lift each time you reposition it or change your clothing.

Step 1: Remove square magnetic clasp from Lumo Lift sensor.

Step 2: Place your Lumo Lift sensor against your body directly below your collarbone. Clip in place using magnetic clasp.

Step 3: Get into good posture, set your Target Posture by pressing and releasing your Lumo Lift once and you’re good to go!


What are the adhesives for and how should I use them?

Our custom, single-use adhesives are another great, hassle-free way to wear your Lumo Lift. They provide an alternative wearing option to the magnetic clasps. Perfect for those times when you prefer to discreetly wear your Lumo Lift under your clothes or when your shirt makes it difficult to place your sensor.



See http://www.lumolift.com/adhesives to learn how to use these adhesives. View a demo on how to wear these adhesives.

How to use the Adhesives?

Step 1: Peel one of the white, non-sticky sides off of the adhesive. It does not matter which side you peel off first.

Step 2: Place the sticky side of the adhesive directly to the bottom of your Lumo Lift. The bottom of your Lumo Lift has two gold charging dots.

Step 3: Now that you have successfully placed one side of the adhesive to the back of your Lumo Lift, peel the second white, non-sticky side off of the adhesive.

Step 4: Place this newly revealed sticky side to your skin. Place your Lumo Lift directly below your collarbone, about halfway between your neck and shoulder.

Step 5: Press once on your Lumo Lift to set your Target Posture. Your Target Posture is set once you feel three vibrations. Remember to set your Target Posture throughout the day as you change positions.

Step 6: For removal, gently peel your Lumo Lift off of your skin. The adhesive will stick to the back of your Lumo Lift as you do this.

Step 7: Peel the adhesive off of your Lumo Lift. Adhesives are for single-use only and cannot be used to reattach your Lumo Lift once you have removed it.

Quick Tips:

  1. When using the adhesives, we recommend alternating which side you wear your Lumo Lift on to prevent placing the adhesive in the same place daily.
  2. For best results, apply to clean, dry skin.
  3. Adhesives are single-use only. Using an adhesive more than once may result in loss of your Lumo Lift as they are not sticky enough to securely hold your Lumo Lift after they have been removed.
  4. You do not need to wear the magnetic clasp when you are using the adhesives. The magnetic clasps do not affect the functionality of your Lumo Lift.

Please click here to order the adhesives.


 

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How to Set-up an Ergonomic Workspace

Working behind a desk all day, you encounter a number of pains, such as…

And while you may not be able to change your work situation, setting up an ergonomic workspace can help with those other pains. Ergonomics, put simply, is the science of how people interact with their environment. By thoughtfully arranging our environment, we can help to reduce injury and improve workplace efficiency.

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3 Healthy Lifestyle Tweaks to Make this Fall

Fall is such a festive time of year, punctuated by cooler weather, family feasts, colorful foliage and, unfortunately for many of us, neglecting a healthy lifestyle.  Yes, as the days grow shorter and the temps drop in most parts of the country, many of us simply don’t take care of our bodies like we do during the summer months.  In fact, the average person tends to put on at least 5 pounds once autumn rolls around each year.  There are myriad reasons why a healthy lifestyle gets stowed away, along with our shorts and swimsuits, while our inherent urge to hibernate takes over.

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7 Exercises to Improve your Balance

Good posture is defined as the position in which your body is under the least amount of stress. It can facilitate breathing, and prevent a number of unpleasant and possibly painful ailments from occurring. Your parents weren’t joking around when they kept telling you to “sit up straight!”

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A Comprehensive Guide to Low Back Pain

Another busy morning at work is drawing to a close, during which you were sitting scrunched down in your office chair, hot cup of java in hand, while going over some client figures on your PC’s screen.  Now it’s time for a well-deserved lunch break, but as you rise up your lower back hesitates, as you experience tightness and an achy sensation coming from your back’s lumbar region.

The soreness and muscle fatigue, manifestations of low back pain, seem to be happening more frequently at the office, and now even while you’re at home or in the car.  Several years ago, you were involved in a head-on auto accident which left you with persistent lower back pain, a reminder that has decided to pay you a visit again today.  Your doctor told you not to feel like an outcast because of your problematic back, as she mentioned that about 31 million of us suffer from low back pain every year.  And, our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, combined with poor posture habits, are not making the situation any better.

WebMD points out that around 80% of the adult population will suffer from low back pain at one time or another.  Additionally, WebMD has identified many underlying conditions, lifestyle choices, and the symptoms themselves that, when combined, tell the whole back pain story.  What’s encouraging is that clinicians are coming to understand back pain’s pathophysiology more and more each day, and that a number of better low back pain prevention and treatment modalities now exist.  To understand how back pain comes about, it’s important to learn first how our back works, a topic we’ll now explore.

Your Back is an Amazing Structure

The human back, comprised of muscles and ligaments, carries out many roles.  For one, there are over 200 muscles in our backs, 120 of which serve to support our spines.  Muscles and ligaments in your back make up what’s called your body’s “core”, the area extending from the neck to our thighs.  Our back’s muscles are involved in breathing, as well as providing us the strength to lift objects, walk around and stand upright.  They also act as a protective shell for our ribs, internal organs, and spinal column.  In addition, and for medical purposes, our backs are separated into 3 regions; upper, middle and lower.

A Comprehensive Guide to Low Back Pain

When you start to experience pain signals emanating from any of those areas, for the sake of this article your lower back, there’s a good reason.  Low back pain can be separated into 2 categories: acute or chronic.  The former term refers to a temporary condition, one brought on by such activities as golf, working in the yard for hours, or lifting a heavy object incorrectly.  Acute low back pain usually goes away with rest, combined with using heat or cold on the area.  Chronic low back pain, however, will continue to flare up from time-to-time, and is due to one or more serious underlying conditions, of which we will explore more in a moment.  Moving forward, this article’s focus will primarily be on the chronic variety.

These Conditions Lead to Chronic Low Back Pain 

According to doctors at the Mayo Clinic, there are several predisposing factors that can cause low back pain, such as:

  • Back trauma in the patient’s past including a car accident
  • Osteoarthritis or other “age-related” conditions
  • Back surgery
  • A herniated disc
  • Some type of serious illness that affects a person’s back
  • Poor posture

A Comprehensive Guide to Low Back Pain

In fact, back pain specialists agree that the main concern that most of us have in today’s world, related to eventually developing low back pain issues, is the last bullet point; poor posture.  And, we will address that pain precursor in more detail later.  Next, let’s investigate whether or not you might have low back pain based upon its symptoms.

Symptoms that You May Have Low Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the easiest diagnoses that a medical professional will have, simply because most of the symptoms are self-explanatory.  Having said that, here are some of the more common ones:

  • Persistent tightness and aching in your lower back area
  • Sharp pains- even a burning sensation- coming from the lumbar region
  • A feeling of being tired or fatigued
  • Trouble sleeping because your back can’t get positioned comfortably
  • Muscle soreness and tenderness in the lumbar region

These factors obviously are going to be life-altering, and can ultimately and negatively impact your job, family and social activities.  There are personal lifestyle choices that also can exacerbate low back pain, so let’s take a look at some of those now.

Low Back Pain Thrives On these Activities 

Back pain experts have found a correlation between certain lifestyle decisions and a greater likelihood of you suffering from more frequent and pronounced back pain episodes.  In other words, the following activities need to be avoided if you want a happier, healthier back:

  • Smoking tobacco
  • Not eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Using too much caffeine
  • Not getting at least 7 hours of sleep every day
  • Failing to exercise regularly or stretch
  • Being overweight or even obese
  • Drinking alcohol to excess and especially right before bedtime
  • Having a stressful occupation or home life
  • Persistent strenuous activities and heavy lifting or twisting

A Comprehensive Guide to Low Back Pain

So, if you have been diagnosed with low back pain, and are guilty of one or more of the activities listed above, proceed with caution!  If you continue down the same path, your back’s health will probably not improve much, but conversely could become a more costly issue later on.

Good Overall Back Health Requires these Things 

Okay, we’ve spent enough space dwelling on the negative aspects of low back pain.  So, now it’s time to turn those back pain problems around.  In reality, and as was mentioned above, there are a plethora of things you can do to help reduce low back pain episodes and symptom severity.  Here are some of the better ones:

  1. Exercise your core muscle groups: This will build up your trunk’s muscle tissues, giving them an enhanced ability to support your spine while keeping it naturally aligned. Exercise also helps you take in more oxygen, relieve stress, and sleep better at night.  Two really enjoyable and popular means of exercise which also benefit your lower back muscles are Yoga and Pilates.
  2. Get enough sleep: As was aforementioned, sleeping for 7 to 9 hours every day gives your back valuable healing time, recharges your body and mind’s “battery”, and helps you to feel more energized throughout the day.
  3. Eat right, feel right: Proper nutrition is important for our bodies, and when attempting to ward off low back pain flare-ups, there are certain back-healthy nutrients that make this more effectively happen. Those include certain vitamins and minerals, and when you eat a more balanced diet, your back will enjoy it too.
  4. Stretch away your back pain: Stretching is good for all parts of our bodies, including back muscles predisposed to getting tight and tense.  In addition, back-focused stretches improve core flexibility, which further makes your lower back more resistant to future overworking and injury.
  5. Use good posture: As was mentioned earlier, incorrect and unnatural posture can eventually cause a number of deleterious back pain outcomes. Proper posture allows for better oxygen intake and blood circulation, the latter which helps get healing and natural pain reliever substances like serotonin and endorphins out to your injured tissues, and where they need to be.

All of the positive factors above help reduce the odds that you will suffer from a back pain episode, while also speeding up the healing process if a flare-up does occur.  Good posture is so important within an overall back healthy program, and that means sitting or standing with your spine in its natural upright position, with your shoulders back and chest up and out, along with your chin also being positioned up and out.  It will feel a little awkward at first, but once you get it right, you will be well on your way to a happier, healthier lower back!

Your Back will Love the Lumo Lift Posture Coach

 Being cognizant of when your posture is poor, as opposed to when it is correct, is an issue, and especially when our lives are so busy.  To make this an easier process, the low back pain specialists at Lumo Bodytech have come up with a revolutionary technology called the Lumo Lift Posture Coach.  It’s an innovative system developed using insight from back health experts around the country.  The Posture Coach starts with a wearable sensor, about the size of a lapel pin, that you place on your clothing.  The device continuously picks up posture-related information, even at night, and transmits the data to a downloadable app. for any iOS or Android Smart device.

When you have time later, the data can be viewed and analyzed, giving you a clear picture of how good or bad your posture has been throughout the day.  Oh, and the Posture Coach even uses a gentle vibration to alert you when you are slouching.  It’s an easy and inexpensive way to constantly monitor your posture, and ultimately help you reduce your low back pain issues.  In fact, for those of us that work at Lumo Bodytech, our goal is a back pain free world, one person at a time!  For more information on low back pain, or the Lumo Lift Posture Coach, go to: www.lumobodytech.com today.

Start your positive habit change today with Lumo Lift

Lumo Lift is a small lightweight wearable that tracks and coaches you on your posture, as well as tracks daily activity, such as steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. Compatible with iOS/iPhone and select Android devices. Free shipping, 30-day money back guarantee and 1 year limited warranty.

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How Lumo Founder Andrew Chang Beat Back Pain

Chronic back pain is far too common in our modern lives, and nobody knows this better than Lumo co-founder Andrew Chang. Andrew leveraged his Stanford education into a very successful career with the US Department of Energy. He became fascinated by using technology to drive human optimization.

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10 Easy Ways to Manage Lower Back Pain at Home

Imagine several years ago you were involved in a serious car accident, during which time your back was injured, resulting in the need for some medical intervention.  Recently, and due to the lingering effects of the wreck, your family doctor suggested that you may have some osteoarthritis in your spine.  To top it all off, your office job requires a lot of sitting during the day, which frequently leads to episodes of lower back pain flare-ups.  Those onsets usually present with soreness, tightness, and occasionally down right sharp pains targeting your susceptible lower back muscles.

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10 Fast Facts about Middle Back Pain

You spent several hours today at the office moving some heavy boxes of client files, a process that required a lot of bending and twisting.  The middle portion of your back, injured a few years ago in an automobile accident, is now paying the price.  It seems tight, stiff and achy, and you can even feel a slight burning sensation when you twist to the left or to the right.  Something has to be done for your middle back pain issues, as it’s already cost you time off from your job, at which you typically sit for hours every day while tasking away at your desk.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Preventing and Correcting Forward Head Posture

Another busy workday at the office is drawing to a close.  You’ve spent the past 3 hours hunched over in front of your desk, leaning in and squinting intently at figures on your computer screen.  As you get up from your chair, a sharp pain radiates from the base of your skull, down through your neck, and on into your arms.  Your left hand feels a bit numb and as you stand up you notice a dull ache and tightness in your neck muscles.  Now that you’ve disengaged your gaze from the computer screen, you realize that a headache has come on; something that you’ve dealt with more frequently nowadays.

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5 Exercises to Restore Your Muscles after a Hard Run

Proper muscle recovery is essential to prevent running injuries and to help facilitate the healing and building of your muscles. Stronger muscles are built via small tears created during exercise. During the rest and recovery period following a run, your body is working hard to repair these micro damages that have occurred. Further, your body is clearing toxins from these areas and bringing nutrients and cells to help heal these regions. Although our body is very much capable of eventually returning functioning back to normal after exercise, there are certain things you can do that may speed the process along. As most of us know, it is important to hydrate before, during, and after your run, as well as refuel the body with a meal within an hour after your run. What you put in your body counts just as much for your overall health as exercise does. The “you are what you eat” mantra is not entirely far from the truth.

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5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury

We’ve all been there in one way or another. We took a wrong step, pushed it too far, went out too hard, or our bodies simply didn’t cooperate on that run. Running injuries happen for a myriad of reasons and they can happen to any runner at any level.

What Causes Running Injuries?

Every person, situation, and injury is different. Sometimes that twisted ankle couldn’t be avoided because the sidewalk really did jump up and get you! However, many running injuries can be avoided by properly warming up and cooling down, stretching, and utilizing proper running form. Missing any one of these crucial aspects can lead to an unwelcome injury.

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury – Running Injuries

Related article: 3 Exercises To Help You Achieve (Near) Perfect Running Form

But sometimes, just like that forsaken sidewalk, injuries happen even with our best efforts and best foot put forward. Here are 5 rules for runners recovering from an injury.

Proper Diagnosis Of Running Injuries

A twisted ankle, unbearably chaffed thigh or bruised ego can often be quickly and accurately self-diagnosed. If you’re a seasoned runner, you may even be able to immediately recognize shin splints or stress fractures.

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury – Running Injuries

Even so, the best thing to do after experiencing a running injury is to immediately seek diagnosis and treatment from a medical professional. They can take the guesswork out of exactly what caused the injury, what it is, and what steps (whether rest and/or physical therapy) are needed to make a full recovery.

Take Time To Heal

Worrying about lost mileage, the time it will take to get back in shape, or how much an injury will set you back will not help you. In fact, dwelling on worries like these can lead to further injury! Many injuries are exacerbated by those who are so focused on lost time that they jump the gun and return to running before their bodies are ready.

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury – Running Injuries

Without the appropriate time to heal, you can very easily aggravate the injury. This will add more time to the healing process. It is also possible to injure other parts of your body. When proper running form is compromised due to an injury in one part of your body, it can lead to injury in other parts of your body.

Long story short, taking time to heal will save you time in the long run.

Take It Slow

When you’ve finally received the “a-okay” to get moving again, it’s very important to take it slow. While you’re brain is ready to get moving, your muscles and the rest of your body will need a little bit of time to get up to speed (and distance) again!

Incorporating different cross training, strengthening exercises, and stretches (especially those targeting the injured area) may help with your transition from the bench to the pavement!

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury – Running Injuries

Pay Attention to Your Body and Running Form

Pay attention, now more than ever, to how your body is feeling and to your form while running. Pay particular attention to the area of the injury, it may still be weak, feel sore or fatigued. Remember to give it the time it needs and take things slowly.

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury – Running Injuries

In addition to this, often other parts of your body will try to compensate for the weakened area. This can result in fatigue, poor running form, and further injury. Paying attention to your entire body and focusing on proper running form, may help avoid further running injuries.

Prevent Future Running Injuries With Proper Training and Running Form

Now that you’re moving again, even if you’re just starting, take time to prevent future running injuries by staying active during your day (movement is very important for a healthy body), maintaining a healthy diet, utilizing proper posture and running form; integrating strength and cross training; and stretching regularly. Doing these things will ensure that your body is strong, primed, and ready to go!

Related Article: 6 Resistance Band Exercises to Prevent Running Injuries

 

 

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Hack Your Fitness: Lumo Run Helps Improve Your Running Form And Push Harder

Article originally posted on Forbes.com. Read original here.


The funny thing about runners is that we all think we have fine form until we snap an IT band or strain a tendon. And even then, we blame it on “going too fast” or “pushing too hard” rather than on poor run mechanics.

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6 Exercises to Beat IT Band Syndrome

The IT band is the ligament that runs down the outside of the leg, from the hip to the knee. IT band syndrome is one of the most common running injuries. Often due to overuse, it results in an irritated and inflamed IT band which can make running difficult. Stretches and icing of the IT band can help relieve some of the associated pain. However, many runners find that as soon as they continue their running routine the condition comes right back.

Symptoms often include pain located on the outside of the knee. This is often an indicator of misaligned femur movement pattern. How do we fix this? Exercises that target glute strengthening and pelvis alignment can be great combaters for IT band syndrome. The following offers 6 exercises you can do to help get you back on track and counteract that annoying IT band syndrome that just won’t quit.

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3 Exercises To Help You Achieve (Near) Perfect Running Form

Good running form helps prevent injuries from occurring. The body is made a certain way. Good posture often refers to the sitting or standing form where the muscles, tendons, and ligaments are under the least amount of strain. The same thing goes for running form. Improper technique can stress the joints and muscles, eventually causing pain and injury. Thus, it is of utmost importance to maintain good form, especially on those long runs!

There are exercises that can be done off the track that can strengthen and prepare your body to maintain good form when running. They can make you more aware of your body. They can further make your running form more efficient. Why strain muscles or overwork muscles that you don’t have to? Completing the following 3 exercises, 3 times a week may help you achieve near perfect running form.

The Seated Row

Why include an exercise for the upper body? Often runners neglect upper body exercises and opt for leg strengthening workouts. It, of course, makes sense. Strengthening and stretching of the hips and legs are important to creating a more efficient stride. However, many runners forget that good posture throughout a run is just as important. The seated row works the middle and lower trapezius muscles strengthening, often neglected, postural muscles. It keeps your spine aligned properly and prevents that improper forward hunch and forward head posture.

How To:

  1. Sit on the mat, with your legs straight in front.
  2. Wrap a resistance band around the bottoms of your feet. Hold the ends of the band in each hand with your arms straight to start.
  3. Slowly bend the elbows back along the sides of your body.
  4. At the same time, gently pinch the shoulder blades down and in.
  5. Slowly return to start and repeat 10 times for 2-3 sets.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Do not shrug the shoulders.
  • Gently contract the core to protect the low back and prevent arching of the back.
  • If sitting on the floor is difficult, sitting in a chair with the band wrapped around a post is also an option.

High Knees

The high knees drill targets the hips, glutes, and thighs, which are all major muscles used in running. Strengthening these muscles can add power and efficiency to your running form.

How To:

  1. Stand with your feet approximately hip-width apart.
  2. Bend one knee and lift it up in front of you. Your thigh should create a 90-degree angle with the trunk of your body.
  3. Lower the leg forward and alternate sides.
  4. Repeat 10 times for 2-3 sets.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Maintain a straight posture by gently contracting the core.
  • The high knee exercise can be done as a separate exercise or as a warm up prior to other exercises.

 

Chin Tucks

This exercise goes hand in hand with the seated row in preventing incorrect forward hunch or forward head posture. Chin tucks target the deep neck flexor muscles in the front of the neck. They help keep the head in line with the rest of the spine.

How To:

  1. Lie face up on a bed or mat.
  2. Without lifting the head off the mat or bed, gently nod your head.
  3. Hold for 5 seconds.
  4. Repeat 10 times for 2-3 sets.

Tips & Tricks

  • A rolled towel can be placed behind the neck for support.
  • The muscles on the side of your neck, such as the sternocleidomastoid, should be relaxed throughout the exercise.

Exercises that support good running form may prevent future injuries from occurring.  Injuries can disrupt training and put your running goals on the back burner. The 3 exercises described above may aid in improving your running form and even your posture in day-to-day activities. Remember, your work off the track is just as important as your work on the track!

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5 Essential Strength Training Exercises for Proper Running Form

Strength training is an important aspect to include in your regular workout routine. As a runner, many believe the more running the better. However, regular strength training is significant in injury prevention. Balance is key. Strengthening the muscles involved in running can support joints prone to injury from overuse. Incorporating 2-3 strengthening days a week to coincide with 2-3 running days is an effective and efficient way to improve your running form and reduce the risk of injury.

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3 Injuries That Could Be Causing Your Hip Flexor Pain

Hip flexor pain is often an injury that is hard to ignore. Our hip flexors, which lie at the front of the hip, are used in just about every movement that involves the lower half of the body. When you have hip flexor pain you feel it anytime you bend, kick, sit, run, or change directions while moving.

Typically, there are three types of injuries which result in pain to this area of the body: overuse injuries, muscle tears, and direct hits. If you are feeling hip flexor pain, consider the likelihood that one of these reasons may be the cause.

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How To Integrate Cross-Training Into Your Running Workouts

You’ve likely heard about the importance of cross-training. Greater speed, improved endurance, and reduced risk of injury are some of the frequently-touted benefits of adding cross-training into your running workouts.

But it can be overwhelming to decide which cross-training activity to add to your existing running workouts. Then there’s the time factor – between running, work, family, and friends, it can be a challenge to do it all.

Fortunately, there are a few forms of cross-training that provide maximum results with minimal time. The following activities, when strategically added to existing running workouts, will help you get stronger, improve your speed, and reduce your risk of getting injured.

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6 Resistance Band Exercises to Prevent Running Injuries

In the past few decades, running has gained speed as a popular cardio choice. Fun runs, such as foam runs, color runs, and mud runs, have made it accessible and inclusive to all. It is a great option for anyone just starting out or wanting to get back in shape. No gym equipment or membership required. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and workout clothes, and you are good to go.

However, running injuries can be discouraging, to say the least. Poor running form, muscle imbalances, or improper running shoes can all be factors contributing to an injury. Luckily, they are all completely in your control. Correct improper posture. Educate yourself and shop around for a pair of running shoes that are suited for your feet and gait. As for muscle imbalances, various resistance band exercises may reduce the risk of running injuries. The following exercises target major problem areas that may lead to injuries. By strengthening certain muscles, you may further become a more efficient and stronger runner. Always be sure to do a proper warm-up and cool down involving appropriate stretches before and after your run.

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7 Yoga Poses for Race Recovery

Running can take a toll on the body. The repetitive motion has a huge impact on our joints and muscles. It is, thus, vital to take the time after that big race to recover. Taking the necessary time to stretch and cool down may prevent running injuries, increase flexibility, and allow time for your body to return to a balanced state. Yoga is a combination of gentle static stretches and strengthening that may further support race recovery. Including these 7 yoga poses in your post-race flow can stretch out those tight muscles, improve your running form via postural correction and core activation, and reduce the risk of running injuries.

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