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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
October 3, 2019
In many parts of the country, the changing of the leaves is a huge deal. People in the northeast will flock out of their urban cities and go up north to check out the trees and see something called nature, which is not what you would call Central Park. On other parts of the country, the temperature starts becoming reasonable and every now and then, you get a freak snow storm. It’s a completely different thing here in Arizona. We still get the 90+ degree days, but then all of a sudden, like a typical desert, the temperatures start dipping into the low 70s and high 60s during the evening time. This is how we know when running season begins. Like clockwork at the local running park, the numbers of prospective and experienced runners start pouring in, and they can now start at 6 pm and in a couple months, 5pm. Many of these people are smartly starting their running regimen while many are putting their final touches on the winter race season in Arizona. It’s a grand time to be at the park, and if you like people watching, it is the perfect time to see others and even look at the large amounts of pooches walking the park. It is kind of unusual that so many people start their running regimen at this time of year, but then again only the hardcore people really train year round, and most of them have to start at obscene times in the morning during the summer unless they wish to suffer from heat stroke. I intend to start myself sometime soon, especially since I got some new work shoes and my legs and back are not quite as destroyed as they were before. We shall see.
Anyway, last week we started talking about movement, and before you start that job with Two Guys and a Truck to get your muscle on, just remember that strength is only one part of the equation. You will hear a great many people say that high intensity weight training is far superior to cardio, and in some instances it can be. However, this philosophy is kind of limited. While doing heavy curls for minutes on end will get you a massive pump and make you suck some heavy air, are you really keeping the rest of your boy in motion? https://www.businessinsider.com/health-benefits-of-running-2018-4#running-and-other-forms-of-aerobic-exercise-significantly-reduce-your-chances-of-death-8 We can go all day about this and I am sure many who just prefer to lift weights will chime in and say weight lifting is supreme. However, that does not denote the fact that many of the benefits of running are cross referenced all over the fitness spectrum. Brain health is given a super boost due to the fact you are bringing in more oxygen and stimulating the brain more. Stress levels are reduced as your body slowly starts becoming tired and losing calories. And best of all, you can really help your sleep patterns as the heavy cardio inflicts some major fatigue on you. This is why I consider morning runners such a bizarre breed. I feel like napping after a morning run as opposed to starting my work day. This is why I always preferred night running, and hopefully I can quickly get back into it.
Now the reason why we touch on this subject every now and then is due to the fact we continue to hear newer and better research to indicate the benefits of running. What was the biggest thing you always heard about running in regard to the negative effects? I’ll wait. Okay. You always hear people state it is going to wreck your knees. Some extreme cases will state “I know someone who ran a lot and had to have a hip replacement.” Which honestly, I have seen this. But this is the reality…you can get injured doing just about any fitness regimen if you are not training your body properly. The person I know in particular…did massive miles every week and never really stretched or did other types of treatment or workouts to keep his body limber. His hips gave out after 30 years. Not exactly a fast process but he would probably still be doing some form of jogging if he had done some better maintenance. I mean, my cousin’s wife has been slugging through a 100 miles a week for years and seems to be just fine due to the weight training and other maintenance she does on her body. One thing that ultimately hurt me is the fact I sat way too much at work and stopped going to the chiropractor as frequently. Yeah, it was a matter of time that I was gonna aggravate my achilles tendon. Anyway, a couple years ago, many studies were standing up to the common convention that running messes up your joints by indicating running can aid in the development and general health of your joints. https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/does-running-damage-your-knees#1
The key ingredient to running is to make sure you are doing it correctly. Some might complain that is too specific, but when you are lifting objects or stretching muscles or doing anything else in your fitness regimen, isn’t form always a huge factor in getting the job done correctly? Running is really no different in that matter, for when your mechanics are good and your body is running smoothly, the impact from running can be nearly equal from other forms of movement like hiking and walking. The key with running is that you are propelling your body at a much faster rate than you would with walking, so not only will you be improving your cardiovascular ability, but also building strength in your muscle and joints. The way this works is you are pushing yourself harder than you normally would, and therefore this allows your joints to become stronger due to the more direct movement. If you do a lot of work on your body to become more limber and stable, then running will also HELP your joints become stronger due to use.
There will be some things you will need to look at of course, for if you have an uneven stride running long distances might be an issue. You need to keep your equipment up to date so follow the suggested mileage your shoes list for optimal distance. You also need to stretch…before and after running…to maintain good pliability. Some might try to sway you in saying running will make you lose gains in the gym due to the high caloric burn, but then again…this means you might need to eat more to maintain your musculature. Either way, you don’t have to be a marathon runner if you don’t want to. The cardiovascular fitness is what really helps you in the long run. So get running! You might like it.
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