Ironically, the very shoe that propelled the running industry forward has also been the demise of many runners. The highly padded sole encourages poor technique. Runners strike the ground too
hard (because they can’t feel how hard they are striking due to the padding).
padding dulls the foot’s senses, preventing it from getting information from the g
round such as how tobalance itself and allowing it to use all the muscles in the foot for stabilization. Enter minimalistfootwear and barefoot running.Shoes notwithstanding, you cannot escape from poor form. It will eventually catch up with you: kneeproblems from striking the ground too hard, plantar fasciitis from the way in which the ground isstruck, and shin splints from relying on the wrong muscles to propel the runner forward are just a fewexamples. Resting up and eating pain relievers will only ease your pain in the short-term. Hit theroad again and the pain will return
and no doctor can help that.
3. Running can force the body to steal from the muscles for energy
In the extreme, very long-distance runners with their lean bodies and die-hard endurance are to manythe epitome of good fitness. This misconception bothers me deeply. The reality is that many long-distance runners become overly concerned with weight gain slowing them down to the point wherethey are not consuming the nutrition they need to stay healthy, such as the protein they need toprotect their lean muscle mass.Thus, without providing adequate protein (and carbohydrates) to the body before and after running,the body will break down, or catabolize, its own lean muscle mass for energy. Sounds
counterproductive to good health, doesn’t it? This can happen with not
-so-long-distance runners aswell.
4. Running takes longer to lose fat than weight training
If you are running for weight loss, you will find yourself on a never-ending treadmill of despair if youonly run. Consider the study where dieters were put into 3 groups
no exercise, cardio exercise only,or cardio exercise and weight training, which includes bodyweight training. They all lost around 21poun
ds, but the lifters shed 6 more pounds of fat than those who didn’t.
The lifters’ loss was almost
pure fat whereas the others lost fat and muscle. The muscle was catabolized as described above.
Other research on dieters who don’t lift shows that about
25% of their weight loss is catabolizedmuscle.
Muscle loss may drop your scale weight, but it doesn’t make you look better in the mirror and
it makes you more likely to gain back what you lost. Additionally, bodies with more lean muscle masshave a higher metabolic rate and even burn calories while at rest. They are also more immune to thenegative effects of stress.