What can you do if you want to run but you don’t have the time or a bit of a niggle is holding you back?
We all know the drill. We’ve picked up a bit of an injury because of one thing or another: a twinged ankle on the trails, a weird pain in the left knee, a pull in the hamstrings, a nagging feeling in the calf. And because of that, it seems sensible to lay off the running for a bit. But you miss it, right? Life just isn’t the same. Okay, we can concentrate on doing some of that neglected strength and conditioning work – if the ankle/calf/hip/knee allows it – but we all know that 10 reps of squats isn’t going to cut the mustard.
So what do you do? Well, the simple answer is you can walk – which isn’t as fun and sweaty, that’s true, but at least you’re getting out there. Check on the Women’s Running podcast and take yourself out for a bit of an explore, and we guarantee you’ll come back feeling better.
The other thing you can do is cross-train, as long as that niggle allows it. That could mean getting out on the bike, going for a swim (if your pool is open, or you’re close to somewhere lovely you can swim in), or dusting off any home workout equipment you currently use as a coat stand.
What else can you do? Well, here’s the thing: you can bounce. We’ve recently discovered this mini trampoline from bellicon it’s been a bit of a revelation. You see, during lockdown – and before – we’ve all been a bit injury-ridden. We’ve gone out too often and for too long, and just placed too much strain on our bodies – and we know that a lot of runners have done this. And it’s depressing not being able to run. But it turns out that a mini trampoline could well be the answer we’ve been looking for. Why? Cos of these things:
It makes you a better runner. A study published in the International Journal of Sports Science, concluded that rebounding (bouncing!) is twice as effective at improving aerobic fitness than running. It also showed that exercising on a mini-trampoline increased vertical jumping ability – and jumping is effectively what you do with every step of your running.
It’s really really kind on your joints. You feel this straight away: all those little aches that you can feel immediately when you start to run on the road, are just not there when you bounce.