Running is one of the most popular cardio exercises for those who want to live a healthy lifestyle or lose weight. But more than half of runners will ultimately get injured by participating in this lifestyle. It can be very hard on the bones and joints, especially if you run long distances. Although it has many benefits, it may not be the correct form of exercise for everyone. By knowing the pros and cons of running, you can figure out if running is the right cardio exercise for you.
Running may prevent injuries
Although running has a reputation of causing wear and tear on the body research suggests that it may actually prevent injuries when done properly. Running long distances may be hard on the body but actually only 30 minutes of running a few times a week can lower inflammation in the knees. As long as you aren’t overdoing it and running for too long or too often, it may actually prevent inflammation in the joints.
It may not be great for women
Men and women’s bodies are very different, therefore they run differently. Typically, female runners get injured more often than male runners. Women’s feet are differently shaped than men, meaning the heel impact from running can create greater risk of injury. Although, women do tend to have more body fat, meaning they typically store more energy and endurance meaning they are better at pacing themselves. So this information shouldn’t completely deter women from running as long as they learn the correct way to land on their feet.
Running can be beneficial for all ages
Running can be good for younger ages as well as older people. Former runners normally hit age 50 and find that a light jog or brisk walking can actually benefit joints as they grow older. It’s also good for some older people, lowering blood pressure and heart rate and keeping them thin as they grow older.
Running has many pros and cons. Figuring out if it’s best for you isn’t that difficult. And if you’re an avid runner, it may be beneficial to research the correct way to go about running including technique, how often, and how long you should be running for.
Written by GUADS student intern Sara with contributions from www.time.com