Are you doing all you can to shield your shins from soreness? The summer is prime time for pounding pavement. And whether you are a new runner or seasoned sprinter, it’s important to properly prep and prime your body to avoid common run-related injuries such as shin splints.
If you’ve experienced the nagging discomfort associated with shin pain, you know how quickly it can sideline your aerobic aspirations. Often, this aching and throbbing is caused by poorly fitted footwear, multiplying your mileage too quickly, or classic wear and tear. And if the sensation of shin splints wasn’t bad enough, the recuperation time to mend this sensitive area is long and unpredictable. This frustrating injury can really interfere with your running goals and even more problematic, your ability to walk with ease.
For shins to stay strong and supported, the surrounding muscles such as the calves, knees, hips, feet, and ankles require a well-rounded conditioning routine. Here’s how to help power up these areas:
Single leg glute bridge
For best results, practice before embarking on a fast-paced walk or run.
Other helpful tips: Rest is always the best medicine when injured. If you’re experiencing aching shins, take the time necessary to heal. And to prevent the onset of shin splints, gradually increase time and mileage when jogging, wear well-fitted sneakers with a fresh tread, and cross-train to avoid overusing the muscles responsible for running.