11 Reasons Why Running Is Not As Good For You As You Might Think

Thursday, Feb 04, 2016


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Running is an incredibly simplistic form of exercise. All you need is some jogging clothes and a pair of shoes and you're off. It's a go-to for a lot of people who are trying to lose weight and work up a sweat.

But running may not be as good for you as you think. There are a lot of dangers associated with running that you might not even know about. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should probably pump the breaks on jogging.

1. Running is a high-impact exercise that can do a number on your joints and ligaments. Once you wear that cartilage away, you can't get it back.



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2. If you run on sidewalks and roads, you are putting yourself at risk for joint damage because of the hard landing your body has to endure with every step.



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3. Other forms of exercise are far more effective than running in terms of burning calories and boosting your heart rate, and they don't kill your joints. Swimming, rowing, and even weightlifting can burn more calories than jogging.



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4. You can burn more calories in a shorter amount of time with those other forms of exercise. Plus, they'll help you build muscle.



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5. If you are running for cardiovascular exercise, you could be doing more harm than good. People who are hardcore runners have been known to suffer from arterial plaque buildup and inflammation of the heart.



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6. Because of all the stress you put on your body while running, it really wears you out. If you do this every day, your muscles won't heal properly.



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7. If you run outdoors, it can get pretty hot. It might make you want to take your shirt off. Well, running for long periods of time in the hot sun increases your risk of getting skin cancer, so be sure to put some sunblock on when you're out there.



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8. Taking a brisk walk can be just as effective when it comes to burning calories and losing fat.



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9. Your vertebrae get jammed together with every running step you take, and that can cause a lot of discomfort down the line.



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10. One study found that people who run every day for many miles have the same life expectancy as those who don't jog at all. This is because the heart is compromised by the large amount of stress that running puts on the body.



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11. Take a look at long distance runners' bodies and then take a look at the bodies of gymnasts. If you're more into the sculpted look, try gymnastics, yoga, weightlifting, CrossFit, MMA, and exercises like that. Running alone will not get you there.



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There you have it, folks! There are obviously many benefits when it comes to running, but the activity comes with its fair share of risks. How will you broaden your fitness horizons?