With the arrival of spring and summer, many people take advantage of sunny weather to exercise outside, with running being one of their favorite outside workouts. Although running has countless benefits for our entire bodies, there are some typical injuries that can occur no matter if you’re just a casual jogger or a long-distance runner, and one of them is runner’s knee, a painful injury of the knee cartilage. The symptoms include a dull, aching pain under or behind the kneecap and a swelling or grinding sensations in the knee.
Here are 5 tips on how to prevent it.
Take it Easy
Have a thorough warm-up before taking a run and always stretch afterward. This injury is usually caused by overuse of the knee.
Vary Your Exercise Routine
This will help you prevent overusing the knees. The best alternative for running is swimming.
Wear Good Shoes
Invest in a pair of good sneakers or orthotic shoe inserts and try to run on tartan or ground instead of concrete.
Fix Your Weak Spots
Don’t forget to do some proprioceptive exercises which will strengthen your tendons.
Try Beef Gelatine
Some beef gelatine can do wonders for your cartilage. Put it in a cool liquid, then slowly heat it to dissolve gelatine crystals.