For years, running has been seen as the holy grail of fitness, and it’s easy to understand why. It improves your aerobic fitness and cardiovascular system, and can help prevent heart failure, diabetes, and other diseases. Running will make you feel great and help you lose weight.
Media and health professionals encourage everyone to get out running if possible, and it’s a good thing … except when it isn’t. A problem arises when a person begins a programme of intense running without incorporating any other health or fitness routines.
Myth 1: Running makes you 100% healthy and will keep you out of physio or the Dr’s office
Fact: while running is great for your health, it only works one key system of your body. If you’re only running, your neglecting the other systems, which isn’t the true path to holistic health.
Running non-stop all the time without resting your body between sessions leads to strained muscles, musculoskeletal tension, and injuries. Cross training helps you to train the muscles in your body that aren’t activated during running.
By swapping out some of your running sessions for strength and flexibility training, you’ll achieve better all-round health, obtain less injuries, and you’ll actually find your overall fitness improves.
Myth 2: If I want to get better at running, I need to run every day
In theory, this seems obvious. In practice, if you focus only on running every single day without resting your body, you may be heading toward what’s known as “overtraining syndrome.” Your muscles don’t have time to recover after a workout, so your performance actually decreases, you get more injuries, you may have disturbed sleep, and you might find yourself feeling bored and depressed about your running.
Rest helps your body to strengthen itself against injury, and recuperate from the strain of your training programme. Make sure you’re getting adequate rest from your training.
Myth 3: Running is the best solution for losing weight
If your goal is weight loss, then you can be forgiven for thinking that running offers the fastest gains. Health professionals frequently recommend running because it’s familiar, and it’s easy to do – all you need is some shoes and a footpath.
There’s no one magic exercise that will get you down to your goal weight. Running is definitely a great tool, but used in isolation it will eventually stop being as effective. If you combine running with strength training and a nutritious diet, you’ll soon start to see lasting results.
If you want a personalised training program that will help you gain full-body fitness in a holistic way, come chat to the team at The Corrective Clinic today.