Do You Need to Run?
Each week I review articles in four categories: fat loss, nutrition, strength training and health and wellness, giving you the Just Go Tips from each article to save you time and help you take action.
Do You Need to Run? by Anthony Dexmier
Running is a very popular activity but do you need to run?
More specifically, do you need to run to lose fat and get in great shape?
Many beginner exercisers start with running, but this isn’t always the best choice. The risk of injury with running is high and there are plenty of other options out there that you can use to accomplish your goals.
In this article, Anthony discusses the good and bad associated with running and some other options you have for getting in shape.
You can go directly to the article by clicking here. My Just Go Tips from the article as well as my thoughts about it can be found below.
Just Go Tips
- Choose the right activity for you based on your goals. If you are training for a marathon of course you are going to need to do a lot of running, but if you have general fitness goals the key is to find an activity you’ll enjoy most. If this happens to be running, then go for it.
- Switch your activities to avoid overuse injuries. Why do so many runners get injured? Because they are doing the same movement patterns over and over again and develop overuse injuries. By switching the activities you are doing, adding in things such as strength training, cycling, rowing or playing a sport, you’ll decrease the likelihood of this type of injury.
- Focus on consistency. Regardless of the activity you choose the goal is still the same – consistency. Do you need to run? No. But if running will help you be consistent each week, then you should go running.
Our bodies are designed to move and being physically active reigns supreme over not being physically active.
Don’t over complicate things for yourself.
Find activities you enjoy that will help you be physically active and do them every week.
I would by no means categorize myself as a runner, but do I go on runs throughout the week? Yes.
I also lift weights, play basketball, go on bike rides and enjoy long walks on the beach 🙂
Changing the activities I do throughout each week makes things fun and interesting and ensures that I’ll continue staying active every week.
If you want to make exercising a habit, you should do the same.
What should you do next? Just go!
Choose something you can apply to your life and take action. What have you got to lose?
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