Dr. Kevan Orvitz
      Dr. Kevan Orvitz

Run, Run as Fast as You Can

The many benefits of running


Advocates of running will tell you that it is the perfect sport. Running has been known to yield numerous health benefits. It builds endurance, improves cardiovascular health and increases capillary strength. Running is widely known for it’s ability to release special hormones known as endorphins that give you a natural high and help to relieve stress. Running can help a person lose or maintain proper weight and also increases bone density. Since running burns a lot of calories, runners can enjoy more food without worrying about their weight. Most runners also report being generally happier and have improved sleep patterns.


The downside of running


The benefits are so numerous and so important that many people forget that there is a downside to running. The downside is the risk of injury that every runner faces. In fact, if a runner does not take proper precautions such as proper stretching, wearing well made running shoes (and replacing them often) along with a high quality running insole, they are virtually guaranteed to incur some type of injury. Injuries usually involve strains, sprains and pulls of the muscles and tendons in the feet, ankles, shins and calves. Other injuries can be less noticeable until one gets older, such as inner ear damage and for women, dropping of internal organs that can lead to incontinence. Honestly, the importance of a good set of shock absorbing running insoles cannot be overstated. That thin piece of high tech “equipment” that you slip into your shoes, has the ability to decrease the wear and tear that running can otherwise do to your feet, ankles, knees and internal organs and help you keep your focus on the benefits of running.


What makes a running insole “good”?


A good running insole should fit comfortably into your running shoes. It should include the appropriate amount of arch support for your feet. A good running insole should be made of high quality, high tech materials, such as dual layered memory foam that contracts and rebounds as you run to provide shock absorption and prevent fatigue (this means you will be able to run longer). The high quality materials of the good running insole should also be resistant to moisture, bacteria and fungus. The insole should help you feel more comfortable and balanced. In addition to the benefits of preventing wear and tear and injuries, a good pair of running insoles can also help improve your stride.


Summary


Running is a sport that has long been touted for it’s many health benefits including increased cardiovascular capacity, weight loss, stress relief and increasing bone mass. Sometimes the risks such as sprains, strains and muscle or tendon pulls are overlooked. Even more serious and long lasting risks, such as incontinence and inner ear damage aren’t taken seriously. Wearing a high quality pair of running insoles can help to reduce the shock to the feet, ankles, knees and internal organs, keeping the runner much safer and healthier. A good set of running insoles will be made of high tech, bacteria and fungus resistant materials that will greatly reduce the impact and promote not only more injury free running, but may also improve a runner’s stride as well.