December 15

Eight Common Misconception about Running

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Running is the most common form of exercise in order to stay healthy and fit. You don’t need to use any equipment in order to workout but just a pair of comfortable running shoes and you are good to go. However, there are still many misconceptions about running that people need to know. To name a few, do not run during cold weather or you will get sick, running can easily cause injury and many more. Since I have heard a lot of negative feedbacks regarding running, I decided to point out the most common misconception about running and hope you find this helpful and informative.

#1. Running can cause knee injury. People believe that running puts too much pressure on the knees and involving a lot of pounding on the ground which can lead to knee injury. This is never true by all means. You will not find any research that really proves how running is directly associated with knee injury. As a matter of fact, people who suffer from osteoporosis and joint problem are encouraged to go for a daily walk as much as possible to keep their bones healthy. On the second note, studies have shown that running is good for the joints because it helps strengthen the musculature around the joints and enhances bone compactness.

#2. Running while you are pregnant is prohibited. Don’t be surprised if I tell you running is good for pregnant women. Yes, it is! Running can help ease delivery and encourage blood circulation in the body, oxygen and nutrients intended for the development of the fetus. Running is recommended for pregnant women in until their third trimester, few women can run up to their final trimester. I would suggest a moderate run and not the extreme running. For better results and healthier body, consult your personal doctor about what is best for you.

#3. Running during cold weather can damage your lungs. Although this may seem like it made sense, we need to understand that our body is a very high-intelligent system especially when it comes to heating and moistening air. Running during cold season will never ever damage your lungs, except if it is 0 degrees then you should stay indoors. Running triggers the burning sensation in our body during cold temperature, for example when you are eating an ice cream and you feel the sting of cold that hurts your teeth but still it won’t do your body any harm. When we inhale the cold air, it will immediately warm up by the time it reaches the lungs. That’s how amazing our body system works.

#4. Age matters when you run for a marathon. Well, I knew a man who is a retired banker and decided to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. I can tell that he is a healthy old man (healthier than me!) just by looking at how strong his physique is at such age. Few years after, he joined a marathon and to my surprised (well, not really), he finished his first 26.7 beating some tall and healthy young man during the marathon. Should I deliberate more?

#5. Expensive shoes are the first step to start a running career. Whoever created this crap! I would never agree to this. Expensive shoes do not mean they are better than the less expensive ones. Marketing world has been deceiving us with those flashy-neon shoes that have new nano-technology inserted in the shoes to enhance performance and so on. The best shoes are those that are suitable and well-fitted to your feet type and running style.

#6. Pasta can increase your performance if you eat it a night before the race. We all know that pasta is the source of carbs, however, race under two hours long does not need a carbo load. Eating pasta before 5K and 10K will not do you any good at all. If you need to “carbo load”, eat carbs meal two weeks before the race, not the night before.

#7. Stretching daily can help improve speed. This myth is busted! There are no proven evidence that shows stretching daily can enhance speed and keep away from injury. The primary purpose of stretching is only to increase flexibility from your stiff muscles. Some expert also believed that stretching after running is good to increase flexibility.

#8. Skip a day will decrease your performance in running. This myth is the total opposite. The truth is, skipping a day in order to rest is a good practice to help your body rebuilds and become stronger. Not giving your body time to rest will cause tension to your body and muscles which can lead to injuries. Therefore, take your time off. Take a nap and just rest!

I hope you find these advices beneficial and helpful. Although there are many more misconceptions about running that I wanted to share but it will definitely take me three days to write everything. So, I just choose the ones that are most common myth about running. I hope you enjoyed reading!


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Posted December 15, 2014 by Kanna Yamagishi in category Exercise