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. It’s always important to balance an activity with another so you don’t create muscle imbalances which cause injury.
However, for the rest of us as long as we start slow, and start with walking first to get your joints ready for the coming workload. The body adjusts unless we over-do it. It’s fun and it can be done at your own pace. Jeff Galloway, a famous runner, and coach who started the walk/run method. The best source of information about running is runnersworld.com.
A great way to start is to get yourself a good running book. John Stanton has a good overall book for runners of all types. Please don’t let anyone tell you, you are too big to run…it’s not true! If you are healthy and have no cardiac issues you could benefit from the walk/jog programs out there. It’s a great idea to start with an HR monitor. I have one. It’s a bit tricky to use at first.
Exercise specialists have found that those people with the classic overweight symptoms can benefit, and even reach a point where the medication can be stopped altogether. Blood pressure and blood sugar can be stabilized through regular endurance exercise.
The great thing about running is that you can eat more, and not worry about watching the scale so much. Also, it promotes a sense of accomplishment, and it’s measurable. You can keep a log of your progress on most mobile devices. I prefer a written log myself.
You can stay younger and keep your legs stronger, and of course, you’ll have more energy for day to day activities. It keeps your bones stronger just like any other weight-bearing exercise.
Running has been known to elevate moods and lessen stress. Some studies even suggest that running can decrease 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 menopause experiences.
The most important thing is to have fun. Remember always check with your doctor first before starting a running program.