Preventing Early Summer Injury

As the days get longer and the trails get drier it usually means your running and biking miles will start to increase. We get asked a lot how to prevent injury in this transition season. Often this is when we go from exercising more at the gym or on the ski hill to running and biking. There are two things that we usually tell people. First, try to increase your miles somewhat slowly. Is it the best idea to go from running 10 miles a week to 10 miles in one day? Probably not.


But if you slowly increase your distance and number of days you’re being active it can help give time for your body to adjust. Second and most important, is to be doing some form of cross training. This means two things. First, spending at least one if not two times a week doing some good strength training. We know that having a strong core and strong glutes will significantly decrease your risk of injuring yourself when you run or bike. Second, it’s always a good idea to switch up your activities every now and then. That may mean that you bike one day and run the next, instead of solely biking or running. The last thing I tell people is that it is good to take a rest day. Our bodies need time to recover and taking a day off can aid in that recovery process! We’re all eager to get out there and spend time in the mountains but just remember to take care of yourself so you can stay injury free all season!

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