Myths About Running
Believing these myths about running will keep you from your fitness goals.
I’m not built for it
How many times have you heard someone say I’m just not made for running? Well, that’s a myth, as human beings evolved to run. That’s how our ancestors survived, by running over long distances and hunting game. So don’t worry if you might not look like a professional marathon runner yet. Start building your running program slowly and you can get the most out of your workout as you run.
It gives you shin splints
Lots of people have had negative experiences when running due to shin splints. While it is true that splints can come from running, there are many things you can do to prevent and minimize the risk of them. First of all, make sure that your shoes are correct for your running gait. If you are under or over pronating you can quickly put too much stress on the muscles in your leg which means you could have problems. Get your running gait analyzed to make sure you are wearing the right corrective supportive footwear for your feet. Some other measures you can take to avoid shin splints are stretching, and alternating running with cross training. If you do develop shin splints, chill and massage your calves and shorten the length and time of your run until you have recovered.
I’m not an outdoorsy person
Another excuse for not running I hear a lot is “I’m not an outdoorsy person, and I just don’t enjoy that sort of activity.” Well, I’m sorry to tell you, but there are plenty of treadmills in the gym, so you don’t have to enjoy the great outdoors to get running. It is quite possible to do a couch to 5K program on a treadmill in the gym, as it includes gradually increasing intervals of running and walking. Running on a treadmill is a great way of building up your fitness, as you will not have to deal with the varying surfaces and inclines as you would outdoors.
Running is bad for your joints
Many people avoid running because they are concerned that they will damage their joints and suffer from joint pain later in life. Unfortunately, the truth is you’re going to get arthritis it will be because of genetic factors not because of exercise. Remember that being overweight and inactive can stress your joints too. Why not practice some yoga specifically designed for runners? This will help keep your supply and prevent any unnecessary strain on your joints.
I look stupid when I run
One of the myths about running is that you look stupid when you run is one that keeps so many people from achieving their fitness goals. What you need to remember here is that no one is actually looking at you when you run. Even if they do happen to glance in your direction, remember that you are lapping everybody that is sitting on the couch at home! Maybe it’s time to let go of some of that self-consciousness and have some fun with your run. Running will improve your fitness, help you lose weight, and improve your mood, so who cares if you look a bit silly? It is most definitely worth it.