hile working out daily is the key to good health, some people speculate about the best possible forms of exercise. Running has been given a bad rap in the past, but it is one of the top cardio workouts! Running develops muscle strength and aerobic capacity, which benefits your long-term health. According to a 21-year study published in Archives of Internal Medicine, runners have longer lifespans and are less likely to develop a disability. Many athletes are under the impression that running will lead to knee problems, but studies show that runners are no more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee that nonrunners. And, if you understand and maintain proper form, your risk diminishes even further. Here are some ways to get the most out of your run and ensure good health. RECOVERY Recovery is not a break from training; recovery is a part of training. Proper rest gives your body a chance to heal and to take a well-deserved break, but proper rest does
not mean that you need to be stagnant. If you can’t sit still, let your body recover by performing a different exercise like swimming or biking. STAY IN THE ZONE Running can keep you in shape, and it can also help you clear your mind and reduce stress. However, actively thinking about your form while running can help you make subtle improvements. Usually, when a runner’s form is compromised, mechanical stress increases and Athletes know how to handle pain, but it’s important to determine what pain is normal and what is cause for alarm. Muscle soreness that eases as you run is normal, but pain that does not subside within several hours of running is cause for alarm. A physical therapist can help determine the cause of the problem and recommend effective treatment options and cross-training exercises. Physical therapists can also correct poor running form and prescribe necessary changes in training to allow the body to repair itself. injury can soon follow. LISTEN TO THE PAIN
Ensure Good HEALTH Turn to Running for a Longer Lifespan
Avocado and Cucumber COLD SOUP Summer may be drawing to a close, but the heat doesn’t feel like it’s going anywhere soon. Cool off with this light, cold soup and enjoy those last few sunny summer afternoons!
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1 lemon, juiced ½ cup cold water
2 medium ripe avocados, halved 1 large cucumber, halved 6 stalks spring onions
1 clove garlic
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¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
Preheat grill to medium-high.
4. Chop grilled veggies and puree with lemon juice, cold water, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Once smooth, portion soup into bowls and refrigerate to cool before serving.
2. Coat halved avocados
with lemon juice to avoid browning. Brush olive oil over avocados, cucumber, spring onions, and jalapeno. Oil grill while hot.
5. Garnish with toasted
cubed bread, avocados, spring onions, chives, lemon zest, or a drizzle of olive oil, if desired.
3. Grill vegetables until everything is grilled or slightly charred. Once
grilled, remove and place on platter to cool.
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