Healthier Me: Transitioning From the Treadmill to Outdoor Running
Spring is in the air. Temperatures are warming, the snow is melting and the last thing most people want to do is stay indoors.
While it's nice to get outside, a lot of people can end up getting hurt if they make the transition too fast. The experts recommend you take 2-3 weeks to ease into the difference between the machine and the sidewalk.
A treadmill has lower force impacts than most outdoor surfaces. People can end up with knee and hip injuries if they push it too hard and too fast.
Plus, runners need to be prepared for the changing conditions outside in the spring. Kendall Railing is a strength and conditioning specialist at Sanford Power. He says people need to be alert when running outside in the spring. He says puddles, pot holes and even morning frost can create dangerous obstacles for runners.
Here's something you may not think about: identification. It important to bring your i-d with you when you go outside. If you suffer from a medical condition at the gym -- people know who you are and can get you help fast. If you go down outside -- it can take emergency staff a lot longer to identify you -- and get you the proper help as soon as possible.