5 running myths

5 running myths

In 2019 (and every year) we have seen a emergence of expensive fitness services/products promising to you keep fit. It’s quite easy to spend large amounts on money trying to stay fit, but what if there was a cheap easy way to maintain your fitness?

There is.. it’s called running and its free.

Here are a few myths people have towards running, that we want to quash to help get you out there!

1. Running is bad for your knees

I hear this one all the time. It is true your knees do take a large amount of force when running, in fact almost five times your body weight. However, this does not entirely correlate to injury. Your body is incredible at what it does, and it is important to consider that around our knee are some of the strongest muscles in our body. A recent study out of the UK did research into arthritis/knee surgery and its relationship with running. The study failed to find a conclusive relationship between two. Essentially, running doesn’t mean knee damage.

2. Running leads to injury

It is very common for runners to get injured, and be limping due to different types of running related injuries. However, when getting into running the most important rule is not to over do it. Your body has some very good ways to protect itself and one of those ways is pain, and fatigue. Listen to your body talk, and don’t go out to try and win a gold medal or run a marathon, these things take time. In fact most major running events have training programs to follow that can be easily suited to your individual fitness level.

3. Running is boring and repetitive.

It isn’t if you know how to spice it up! Try these:
– Listen to music.
– Listen to your favourite podcast.
– Listen to an audiobook.
– Run with a friend.
– Run in fun runs or events.
– Join a running group.
– Don’t just run for time or distance, go to an athletics track, run somewhere scenic.

4. I don’t have the right shoes.

As a Podiatrist, shoes are very important and often getting you in a good pair of running shoes is essential. In saying this it is often a trial and error process. There are hundreds of different types of styles, weights, types and colours to suit every person and it can be difficult to tell what shoe is best for you without actually going and using it! So often running in your running shoes is the best solution to your problem.

5. Running doesn’t involve walking.

Rubbish! Walking does not equal failure, and walking is often the pathway to running. Especially when starting off, walking is a great way just to get active and get going. If you’re willing to walk you’re 99% there. On top of that, running with sections of walking is not a bad thing, it’s a sign your working hard.

For further information, about getting into running or if you would like to get into running, give us a call today!