What are the pros and cons of running?
I want to start running as a form of exercise, but I want to know what are the benefits and what I should I look out for.
There are many benefits to running including but not limited to; weight control, improved lung function, stronger heart, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, stronger muscles and ligaments, etc.
If you are just starting out you want to make sure that you build slowly and don't overdo it. Too many people have great intentions but try and do too much too soon. This inevitably leads to injuries and giving up. If you start with a smart plan to build your conditioning slowly you can have great success. I have a few hubs on running which may come in handy if you care to check them out.
Good luck to you. Running is a great way to stay in shape.
-You can burn more calories than walking.
-You can manage your weight better as it's a great form of exercise (It helps losing that annoying belly fat)
-Studies have shown that it helps with preventing muscle and bone loss
-It's a huge stress relief when done consistantly.
-If done improperly, could cause injury
-It can be expensive due to constant change in running shoes
-It takes time to get used to running constantly.
In my opinion though the pros outweigh the cons. If you are serious about it go for it!
Thank you BeyondGS! In your opinion, what is the best way for a beginner like me to get started? I am a yoga junkie but I want to start running.
The important thing is to know your limits and also improve. You have to start slow, but each time continue to build on your progress. Eventually you'll get to where you can jog/run and enjoy it. I have a hub for beginners too if that interests you.
Builds endurance and cardiovascular fitness
Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
Encourages more exposure to the great outdoors
Feeling of accomplishment
There is a distance for everyone
Can be done in or outdoors depending upon weather and your preference
Can lead to injuries such as shin splints, stress fractures, ilial-tibial band syndrome, and generally sore joints and muscles.
Always check with a doctor first to make sure you are suited to adopting a running regime.
Always start slow and build up to your maximum distance. Do not overdo it all at once or it will be painful and counterproductive.
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