Running is a preferred form of exercise for people who have established a fitness regimen. For more serious exercisers, it’s but part of a range of exercises to gain the comprehensive benefits of exercise.
Running marathons and prolonged running boot camps have been trends for the longest time. The tricky part here is that they are self-regulated exercises, done according to personal schedules and personal targets. Most of the time, exercisers just jump in and do them without prior consultations with physical therapists and medical doctors.
The result is that these exercises are sometimes overdone. And overdoing could lead to a string of injuries such as torn tendons, and even cardiovascular diseases. Regulating the run has to be part of the regimen, and this starts with listening to the needs of one’s own body properly.
Over-running could be damaging, too
Some health studies suggest that running inflicts more injury risks to the body than other sports and physical activities like swimming, biking, and doing yoga. Running does have its benefits, but when it becomes excessive, the injuries could be sustained and expensive to treat.
According to Healthxchange.com.sg, some of the hazards of running include joint problems, shin splints, back problems, muscle tears, and intense dehydration. All of these could lead to long-term injuries that may put the exerciser on a prolonged suspension from exercising altogether.
Heart attacks are more serious risks. These, however, could be properly consulted with a physician prior to going for vigorous runs, especially for first-timers. Having a low-fat diet is also recommended for runners to prevent them from putting strain on their hearts.
There is no end for the benefits of running exercise
The benefits of running, however, are legion, and almost all the risks are preventable. In effect, general caution is the best means to combat the risks, should the exerciser wish to continue with running as a part of the fitness regimen.
Running exercise, when done properly, does strengthen the heart, lungs, and immune system against disease. Despite its pains and risks, it’s an effective weight management exercise. According to Vanderbilt.edu, many people recommend running as their weight loss solution. The figure is placed at 500 calories burnt a day for every hour of running.
Running is also known to lower blood pressure, bringing about the expansion of arteries. It expands the lungs and allows for deep breaths. Hence, running is often recommended for smokers seeking to regain their full lung potential.
Running, however, is not the only weight loss exercise and fitness regimen around. For runners who have been dealt with injuries from running, they still have less strenuous and moderate-impact sports and physical activities to choose from. The key is in knowing the body’s limits and opting for prevention of physical injuries and not treatment.
Physical therapists have also devised new ways to rehabilitate injured runners and get them back on track, albeit with lower speed and duration. Even slow runs and jogs carry the proportional health benefits of running exercise.
Running Exercise Editorial by Stephen Cole, FitFarms.co.uk Fitness Camp Course Manager. Stephen is an experienced Fitness Course Consultant specializing in holistic fitness camp programmes.