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Running increases performance in sports

With fall just around the corner, children across the country are gearing up for football, soccer, tennis and other seasonal sports. Some may have started practice already, but kids who have yet to hit the field can benefit from pre-season conditioning with jogging. Running is a fundamental aspect of many sports, and it increases endurance and stamina.

Although running tends to get a bit of backlash, if you listen to your body, stretch and wear proper shoes, it is extremely beneficial. While running, you can burn about 100 calories per mile, making it a great option to get back into shape after spending time off the field. It also increases the strength of the bones and heart, and stimulates blood flow.

Running both long distances and short sprints is beneficial, and both can train different muscles. Since running tightens the muscles, it is extra important to follow a stretching regimen afterwards. Experts recommend that kids do a few stretches before bed so they don't wake up feeling stiff.

Encourage your child to get with other team members during the off-season to go for runs two to three times each week. Always ask which route your kids are planning on taking. Invest in a well-fitted pair of running shoes that support the arch and cushion the heel.

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