A Warning to Runners
What comes to mind when most people think of runners are smiling, fit people. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Many runners may be doing more harm than good and although I do enjoy my runs, there can be some negative side effects if that’s the only form of exercise you do.
- Skinny Fat – Excessive running can break down muscle tissue leaving individuals with a “skinny fat” appearance… When a person is slim, but not fit… they remain small, despite the obvious lack of tone or strength. We’ve all seen it. If you don’t incorporate resistance training and eat enough protein, you could lose valuable muscle which gives you the firm, fit, lean body you so desire. (I consume 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight).
- Slowed Metabolism – Remember that the speed of our metabolism is primarily based on the amount of muscle mass we have. The more muscle on your frame, the more calories you burn at rest, just by being alive. Resistance training is a great way to build muscle and boost metabolism. Excessive running breaks down muscle tissue which can slow metabolism.
- Cellulite – If you don’t have plump, tone muscle behind fat, it has no support and may be more noticeable. Younger runners may still enjoy the benefits of looking fit from running because they have natural muscle tone. As we age however, we lose a great deal of that muscle. A great way to fight visible cellulite is to incorporate weight training into your exercise program and implement a clean diet.
- Broken Down – For individuals who run every day, they do not give their bodies enough time to rest and recuperate. Individuals who train with weights typically train one or two body parts a day, which gives the other muscle groups time to rest and rebuild between workouts. Those who run every day however, have not given their lower body a chance to recover. This can lead to increased injuries.
Don’t worry… there are perks! Running improves your cardiovascular system and can help lower blood pressure. Running strengthens your heart and lungs and burns calories which aids in weight loss. It is convenient, affordable and enhances depression-fighting hormones. It can also help smokers improve their lung health and air capacity!