Have you been told lies about running? Want the truth?
Believe it or not...running is a whole lot better than being sedentary. Remember that our ancestors ran long distances to hunt down food. The advantages of running out- weigh those of doing nothing. Yes, you might get an injury or two along the way.
If you are worried about your knees. Know this: A Stanford university study says that people who run are less likely to have knee injuries then those who don't run. Why? Runners build stronger tendons and are less likely to have knee osteoarthritis. I would say that's an advantage.
In addition, I have been pouring over information about adults who have sudden deaths because they tackle things like ice hockey. One reason these people have heart attacks is because they push themselves beyond the safe limit for their heart rates. No exercise in between their weekend sports, they put themselves at risk by not building up their fitness activity.
I read the book Older, Faster, stronger, by Margaret Webb. This book contains some new and interesting findings about science and aging athletes. I highly recommend this book if you are a runner over 50.
You can prevent or slow down the chances of getting injured if you take into consideration a few factors like:
John Stanton's advice is to walk and then gradually add some slow running as your body adapts. Over time you can increase the jog distance. It takes about six weeks before the body adapts to the stress. This may be a major reason why people start running and then give up or end up with an injury.
Benefits of Running:
Good running Form
Yes, there is a right way to run, and there are many bad ways to run. There are great books on running form. By poor running form, I mean things like running with your toes turned in. Look for shoes with good forefoot cushioning to absorb shock. runnersworld.com has great information for new runners.
Your running style is important. Don't take too big of steps, it puts stress on your hip joints. Swinging your arms in front of your body is also a common mistake. John Stanton, the owner of Running Room also advises you not to change your foot plant as you train. You should run naturally. Read Running Room's book on Running by John Stanton. You can go to the Running room's site and get loads of information too. If you visit them, they will determine your foot type and the best shoe for you.
Running should be enjoyed and you should be able to strike up a conversation with someone beside you. If you have a heart rate monitor, that's great, but you don't need one to start. If you eat properly and avoid dehydration, then you should benefit from running. Good running efficiency will help you avoid injury.
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