Running is one of the most popular physical activities, second only to, wait for it, walking (it’s big brother). Why running? Well, for most healthy people, hopefully, walking is something they can easily do. It doesn’t take a great deal of fitness to walk (at least not at a fast pace). And so logically, the next progression would be to run. Not everyone has the necessary level of fitness to run. But the real question they should ask themselves, is not “Can I run?” but rather “Should I run?”.
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Running while always popular, saw a huge increase in its popularity in the 1970s which many believe was the result of American Frank Shorter winning the men’s Marathon at the ’72 Olympic Games. The mile run has long been a gold standard in the measure of one’s physical fitness level and up until recently was tested in high schools all across the country for both boys and girls.
And while many adults yearn for their more youthful and often more fit bodies of high school and college, a person’s body changes. Not just physically either. Often times, a person becomes more prone to injury as they age (many factors are involves).
So how does running fit into this conversation? Well, while there might appear to be a certain dogma associated with running, and while there are billions of dollars behind many products tied to running, and people who might tell you that you’re not fit unless and until you start running, you should let such claims go in one ear and out the other. For some, running can be hard on the human body. It can be hard on the ankles, knees, hips, and lower back (think pounding) and while its pundits might claim it’s because a person’s form isn’t optimal (there might be truth to this) the fact of the matter is that for the time a person might spend on perfecting their running form or worse yet, the time they might spend hurt and unable to exercise, they could be engaging a much body-friendly form of exercise. So which one? Any! Any that you enjoy and that doesn’t hurt or leave you in pain afterwards.
So it might sound like this author thinks no one should run. Not true at all! So who SHOULD run? Well, people who love running of course. However, for those of us who are not lovers of running and may have compromised joint health, there may be safer and less painful options and that doesn’t in any way shape or form mean we’ll be LESS fit for it. At the end of the day, a person should what’s enjoyable AND safe for their body.
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