The Autumn is a good time to start a new exercise programme. Running is not necessarily suitable for all people however, for some there are real concerns which may turn out to be purely myths. Below I look at some common concerns.
Running will damage my knees. Studies of osteoarthritis of the knee and hip have found it makes no difference whether you have run or not. Running can actually help to maintain a healthy joint.
Can’t run because I have a cold. Running with a cold is unlikely to endanger your health – however, if you have an infection you should not run.
I am too old to start running. Starting running in middle age will improve your health – start slowly.
Walking is pointless. If you are new to running you will probably need to mix walking with running in the early weeks. Walking alone is an excellent form of exercise and mixed with running you will increase the rate at which you burn calories.
I will gain weight. This may be the case in the initial stages as you will be toning muscles and muscle is heavier than fat. However, muscle will also burn up calories much faster than fat. So it should be easier to lose weight.
I will get fat legs. This may be a concern for the ladies. However, runners develop more toned legs not fat legs. Your legs will be stronger and tighter.
I am worried about breathing. If you try to breath only through your nose breathing may be difficult. You need as much air as possible, so breathe through your mouth and nose – try to relax and slow down. You should be able to talk and run.
Running makes me very tired. May be you are trying too hard – slow down and enjoy it. Don’t run on consecutive days.
Running is boring. Personally, I think running can be very exciting – perhaps you need to vary your route or find a friend to run with.
Runnning gives me a stomach ache. Don’t run after eating (probably need one to two hours depending on what you eat). Start slowly and run at a comfortable relaxed pace.
Hopefully, you are now ready converted/inspired to start a running programme!