Top ten common mistakes you should avoid when running (part 2)

Not Drink Enough Water

Hydrating your body is always essential, especially when you are doing any kind of exercise. Not drinking enough water negatively affects your health as well as hinders effective performance. Your body should be given enough fluids (water or non-caffeinated) to avoid being dehydrated and keep you from going to the bathroom during the run. It is recommended you to drink 4 to 8 ounces of water before you start running. For slow runners, 4 to 6 ounces of water every 20 minutes is enough. Meanwhile, for slow runners, 6 to 8 ounces every 20 minutes is good.

Wrong Body Posture

Another most common mistake runners usually do is to have a wrong body posture, as well as slouch and forget to breathe efficiently. You should not swing your arms while running, instead, keep your hands at the waist level and lightly brush your hands on the hip helps you find it easier to run.

Heel Striking

Many runners have the habit of touching the ground first with their heels, which makes them heel strikers among many others. However, it is widely believed that choosing forefoot running rather than heel striking can reduce the risk of knee-related injuries.

Misjudging Your Running Speed

Thanks to technology, it is easy for us to be always well aware of our running speed. Sometimes, you may feel easy and comfortable with your running speed on a cool cloudy day; meanwhile, it may challenge you to run on a hot sunny day. It varies on different measures like the weather, terrain, and health conditions. We tend to misjudge our speed, leading to run too hard on those days when our body is not well prepared as usual. Pushing yourself hard but not understanding your body may cause serious injuries and makes you more prone to getting injured. Keep in mind that your body is well aware of the effort, rather than your pace.