Running Myths and Mistakes

We’ve told you that running is the best way to lose weight. Many of you have started running. Some are even training for the Delhi Marathon 2009. Sometimes even with all the information, we make some running mistakes, or believe in myths about running. So, we’re going to tell you how to avoid them:

How to start running, running myths, avoid running mistakes

Running on an empty stomach: This can never be good for you. Whether you’re trying to burn fat, or maintain muscle. Let’s explain this- If you exercise on an empty stomach, your body needs calories to burn. Now, between fat and muscles, it prefers to get this energy from muscles. So, running on an empty stomach can eat into your muscles, and as a result of that reduce your metabolic rate (the rate at which your body burns calories). Read this to know more about the effects of exercise on an empty stomach.

Running outside ruins knees: Running can affect your knees, but any kind of running will not ruin your knees. If you run on soft surface, there is lower impact on your joints and is not harmful for your knees. Further, running helps to strengthen leg muscles. With increase in muscle, it actually protects your joints and bones better. To avoid high impact running, avoid running on concrete. Know whether its better to run on treadmills or outside.

No Speed Control- Often when new runners try to start running, they run too fast and blow themselves out. When you try to run long distances, its important to be able to control your speed. It will help you cover longer distances. Even to do runs like 5km and 7 km (Great Delhi Run), speed control is key. To develop speed control, treadmills are a great tool. Set a speed that is manageable, and try to increase your distance.

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