You’ve decided to go running. Great! Before you start training, it’s important to find the right shoes and clothing. For running, you need running shoes that provide you with the right protection and support during your run. In the shop, you need to find out which shoes suit your running style and the shape of your feet. All feet are different! In addition, it is important to wear the correct clothing to match the temperature. Wear clothing that you have worn before so that you can be sure it fits well and does not chafe, for example. Don’t wear clothes that are too warm, either. It doesn’t matter if you’re a bit chilly at the start, and make sure you’re wearing light, airy clothing on hot days.
The risks of running
Exercising is healthy – it ensures a good physical condition and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Besides the fact that running is fun and good for you, it can also involve risks. Unfortunately, every year we are startled by the sudden death of an athlete. This happens to 150-200 athletes every year. The number of runners who die of sudden cardiac death each year is about 1 in every 100,000 runners, with men at a higher risk than women. The cause of sudden cardiac death strongly depends on the age of the athlete. In athletes below the age of 35, it is usually the result of a congenital heart defect. In athletes over 35, it is almost always a narrowing of the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart. This can cause an insufficient oxygen supply to the heart muscle and may lead to a heart attack. In 20% of cases, sudden death during or shortly after running is the result of a heart attack. In 80% of cases, it is overheating (heat stroke), which can lead to death. In a heart attack, it is not the running that is the cause of acute cardiac death, but the underlying heart problem. In a heat stroke, the body temperature has risen so high that it reduces the ability of organs such as the heart to function. A questionnaire has been created that can help you work out whether you are at an increased risk of these kinds of serious problems during your sports activities. Answer the questions below to see what the advice is for you. Go to the questionnaire. To prevent heat stroke, read the section on heat stroke.