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By Dr. Pinsker
July 12, 2012
Category: Fitness
Tags: Advice   Partner Workouts  

Running can be intense and requires regular discipline. In fact, a lot of beginning runners lose motivation and quit the sport altogether for lack of discipline. So what does Dr. Phil Pinsker recommend?  Run with a partner! Like almost everything else in life, running can be so much better with a friend. Like the old saying goes - two heads are better than one - well it turns out that four feet are better than two!

Running with a partner is so much better for you in many ways:

  • Companionship keeps the commitment. When you have someone else depending on you it is a lot harder to slack off. Having a partner will keep you motivated to run.
  • Time goes by quickly. Working out with a partner can make exercise time go faster because you are having fun. Keep a conversation flowing, but make sure it doesn’t slow down your pace.
  • Friendly competition is good for you.Running with a partner can make you strive to keep up. Let your partner push you gradually into a more intense workout, but don’t become over concerned with competition. Make sure you are running as a team and not turning your casual exercise into a race.
  • Your partner can examine your stride. The way you run can impact the health of your feet. For example, heel striking rather than forefoot striking can make you more prone to injuries. Have your partner examine your run so he or she can evaluate your stride.

Running with a partner can help you set a routine and a pace. Having a daily, or even every other day, running routine is good for you. It can be easy to slack off on your exercise when you are only depending on yourself. A partner keeps you committed to your workout, which helps you exercise your feet and ankles more often. Running with a friend can also help you pace yourself, which is important in preventing conditions such as shin splints and Achilles tendonitis.

If you do experience a running injury, contact our office at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker.

 

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