Running is one of the most popular exercises in the world (maybe even the most popular), but the thing is – people either love it or hate it. If you are one of those who love running and enjoy it regularly, you should question this exercise from time to time. On the other hand, if you are not a runner, but thinking about it – you should also question this exercise.
There will always be people who criticize running, but the truth is it is quite effective and over the years it has helped many people lose weight and get toned. Like any other exercise, it has some pros and cons. We have decided to discuss about three most common negative things said about running.
- Running is not good for joints
If there is one negative comment that you hear about running is that it is bad for joints. Running is a high-impact workout and our ankles and knees take a lot of pressure while running, so you could say that this assumption is in place. However, many medical studies and researches over the years have come to the conclusion that running is actually good for joints, because regular exercises strengthens them. Furthermore, same studies have even shown that running is more beneficial for joints than any other low-impact exercise, like swimming or cycling.
Experts say that there is always a possibility of injury, especially for beginner runners who are struggling with finding the right running distance, that don’t have the stamina and don’t have the right form. Beginner runners should worry that much about distance or stamina, but the proper running form is definitely something that they should work on.
- Running leads to muscle loss
Runners do experience muscle loss, mostly due to the fact that after running for a long time, your body might start to burn muscle mass. However, this is something that only experience runners who go for long distance (like marathons). Luckily, this too can be averted very easy – you do some strength exercises. According to experts, doing regularly strength exercises will not only save your muscle mass, but it will also improve your runs. Furthermore, experts have pointed out that runners who usually lose muscle mass are those who don’t have a balanced diet, meaning that during runs their body doesn’t have enough fuel and that is why it starts burning muscles.
- Running too much is bad
You know that saying – “too much of anything is not good for you”, well in this case it is completely true. We have numerous testimonies from retired runners claiming that most of their injuries (and in some cases early retirement) were caused by running too much. Experts are not exactly sure how much running is too much and because of that they are quite cautious when they have to tell a number. It is best that you don’t run to your limits, instead start off small and then increase your mileage slowly over time – maybe half a mile at a time.