When it comes to physical activity, not everyone likes to climb on a treadmill or elliptical and start running or cycling. Some prefer to be in the great outdoors, soaking in the sunlight and enjoying the scenery. Whatever the case may be, if running is your physical activity of choice, you will want to make sure that you don't fall for these myths that are associated with running:
1. Running is a Knee-Killer.
Some people have heard about the long-standing myth that running is bad for the knees and will avoid running because of it. However, according to one study, runners are much less likely to require knee replacements than non-runners. The same is true for hip replacement. This isn't to say that you can't hurt your knee while running, but the actual load that is put on your knee during running activities is actually very good for the cartilage. In fact, it helps you avoid developing osteoarthritis.
2. Too Much Running Is Bad.
Since running is a healthy physical activity, why would it be bad for you if you did too much of it? Some tend to think that it is, but there is research that suggests otherwise. In fact, research shows that the negative effects of running for an hour or longer a day are not worse than the benefits that you'll reap by doing so.
3. Bonking Isn't Good for You.
Bonking, or running out of fuel (suffering from glycogen depletion), as a runner can feel like the worst possible thing, but it may actually be good for you. In fact, according to research, it will make you be a better runner. This is because running yourself dry can help provide a very potent stimulus that is helpful in repairing your muscle fibers to be even stronger, and in increasing your body's ability to fight back against stress put on the body during training. It isn't recommended to do this all the time, as too much of it could potentially compromise the overall quality of your workouts as well as your running. However, when training for a long-distance marathon, it definitely has its perks. Speak to your doctor before trying this out to ensure you go about it in a safe, controlled manner.
All the prevention in the world won't always stop you from suffering an injury while running. If you have been injured, it is best to seek out the services of a professional physical therapist who is trained and experienced in treating your injury. They also have the knowledge to help guide you through the rest of your training in order to prevent further injury, while also helping to reduce your recovery time.