Is running bad for you?
It is not, according to Health and fitness experts. It might be if you have certain health problems, and have been told not to run.
However, for the rest of us as long as we start slow, and start with walking to get your joints ready for the coming workload. The body gradually adjusts. It's fun and you can go at your own pace. Don't try to keep up with others until you are a seasoned runner and you know what your body can do.
It's always best to walk and run with a break in between. Jeff Galloway, a famous runner, and coach started the walk/run method. The most recognized source for running information is runnersworld.com. Also, John Stanton has a book available at the local Running Room store.
Please don't let anyone tell you, "you're too big to run." That's bogus! I have encountered many women bigger than me in races, and some of them have passed me at the finish line. If you are healthy and have no cardiac issues you could benefit from the walk/run program. It's a good idea to start with a HR monitor. I have had one for a while. It's a bit tricky to use at first. Remember to listen to your body.
Exercise experts have found that those people with classic over weight symptoms can benefit and even reach a point where medication can be stopped altogether. Blood pressure, and blood sugar can be stabilized through regular endurance activity.
The great thing about running is that you can eat more, and not worry about watching the scale. Running promotes a sense of accomplishment, and it's measurable. You can keep a log of your progress on most mobile devices. I prefer the written log.
Running can slow down the aging process, and keep your legs stronger. You will have more energy for other daily activities. But for some people, it's the only time they have alone.
Running has been known to elevate moods and lessen stress. Some studies even suggest that running can decrease the severity of menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes and disturbed moods. It increases the production of serotonin, the body's feel good chemicals.
Reports by Melpomene institute claim that 74% of runners felt that running improved overall symptoms.
My experiences with running have been very positive, and I know people in their 60's and 70's who run. Remember, always check with your doctor before starting a running program.