What an inspiration the Jerusalem marathon has been!
Now that the running frenzy is dying down a bit the question remains. Is running effective in weight loss or maintenance and is it an essential part of fitness to achieve your goal?
Every day we see many people doing their daily run as they jog past your house or sweat on the tread mill in the gym. How often is it that we see people consistently running whilst failing to achieve their weight lose goal or build a strong body.
It boils down to this, is running good for you or is it bad for you?
Will it help you get the results you want?
Well with no further ado here is the breakdown!
Running - the pros and cons
- Running can and will increases your endurance , endorphins ( the feel good hormone) and affectively works as an anti depressant.
- It can help build strength especially when incorporating sprinting and HIIT training.
- Running can be a fun group activity and it can be done pretty much anywhere... all you need is
a pair of sneakers.
- Running can help strengthen your bones and joints when done in moderation and on the appropriate surface (preferably run on grass, sand or a softer surface)
Cons (these mostly refer to long distance running)
- On the flip side, running can possibly cause unnecessary joint pain due to the constant impact on the knees and ankles especially with long distance running. (and especially when running on asphalt or concrete!
- It is easy to gain back the calories burned during running just like with any other cardio exercise, since one doesn't necessarily have a continuous post caloric burn after the run. Unlike a strength training session, which has continuous burn post exercise due to the strenuousness of the workout and/or the amount muscle mass even while static.
- The more you run, the more your body adapts and improves its running which essentially allows your body to run more efficiently. This is a great physical achievement, yet it
does not necessarily mean a continual increase in caloric burn.
- Focusing just on running does not preserve muscle like strength training does.
- The more long distance endurance training one does, the harder it'll become for your body to properly recover. Consistent long distance training can eventually cause a state where the body is in chronic stress and can't adequately recover from workouts.
After weighing the pros and cons, understand that running can be great for you when done in moderation and when combined with the following:
- HIIT training - will always have greater results than steady state cardio
( refer to one of my previous articles to see why)
- Strength training
- Nutrition suited to you
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Author: Sean loves helping people be happy and look great. He is pursuing a degree in physical education and was a trainer in the IDF for an elite unit. Sean enjoys working with people with special needs as he has always believed they can be like anyone else. He specializes in: powerlifting, weightlifting, Spinning, TRX, Injury rehabilitation and recovery.
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