26 Jun Don’t Stop Moving – Common Running Myths Uncovered
Exercise – we should all be doing it, but what you do depends on your fitness levels and interest. Running has recently seen a resurgence in popularity as it can be done almost anywhere, with relatively little equipment. All you really need is a decent pair of running shoes! Whether you run outdoors, inside on a treadmill or simply utilise your local gym’s sprint tracks, starting to run can be an invigorating experience.
If you are looking to get into running or you’ve just started running, you may be looking for ways to improve yourself. While there is plenty of information out there, sometimes it can be a bit conflicting. We look at some common running myths and break down the truth in the advice.
Running is Damaging to Your Knees
This is a common saying you’ll hear from a host of non-runners to other fitness fanatics. “Running long term can be damaging to your knees.” Turns out: It’s just not true. While “Runner’s Knee” is definitely a common injury seen by doctors, it’s most common for beginners or runners who push themselves too far. Experts suggest that running does not cause any long-lasting damage and instead can even strengthen cartilage between joints.
Runners Should Be Strength Training
While some runners will be insistent that running is the only exercise you need, strength training is extremely beneficial to runners. Strength training helps train your muscle groups against stress and pressure, meaning that you are less likely to experience common injuries. Appropriate strength training can also assist in your form, helping you to keep good posture while running.
Warm Up, Don’t Stretch
This myth can be a bit confusing – we’ve always been told to stretch before performing any exercise but in fact, stretching before a run has shown to make muscles weaker. While you might feel looser, weaker muscles can have a negative effect on your performance, cutting short your exercise or causing you to fatigue faster. Instead, before running, gently warm up your muscles by walking at a moderate pace before progressing into a light jog.
While there are a few other pieces of advice out there that are still in debate – for example, is barefoot running really all it’s cracked up to be? These are some myths you can confidently tackle and apply to your daily run straight away.
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