Find Your Balance for a Safer Run

Balance training is cheap, easy and will improve your running!Some people think your shoes can help you stave off running injuries; others think it has more to do with how much you stretch, how often you rest or how carefully you log your weekly miles. But did you know there’s one easy way you can lower your risk of injury and decrease your risk of falls later in life?

According to research, improving your balance can lower your risk of getting a runner’s injury like an ankle sprain. Why?

Here are the top 4 benefits balance training can have for runners:

  1. Balance exercises that have you stand on one foot increase your ankle strength
  2. Balancing on one leg mimics a runners stride (you pick up one leg in each stride) so this kind of training can even out imbalances in your stride
  3. It increases your awareness of surroundings, making you less likely to have a misstep on a run
  4. It’s free, quick and requires almost no equipment so you have no excuse not to get started!
If all you do to train for a big race is run, chances are, you’ll sustain an injury and have your progress get derailed. If you want to run faster, longer and without pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider for a comprehensive runner’s evaluation.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.