Running is king of cardio. However, it is not for everyone. Just like all other workouts, it has demands of its own. Also, if you do not do it right, you might just get frustrated with the results that you get. Here are some reasons why you do not get the progress you want to get with running.
You Have Weak Joints
No one can lie that running is really good for your heart, but a lot of people brush aside the fact that running is not the best workout for your joints. Some experts say that running only becomes bad for your joints if you have bad running form. But, the truth is, it can be bad for you if you are not built for it, even if you run in proper form. You will end up injuring yourself and this is counterproductive to your fitness goals.
If you have any history of broken ligaments in your knees, ankles, hips or lower back, running might not be the sport for you if these still hurt while you run. If not, make sure to stretch properly and put ice on your joints after running to avoid injury in the future.
“Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough.” — Hal Higdon
You Have High Blood Pressure
Running is quite an intense cardiovascular workout which means you have to exercise extra caution if you happen to have high blood pressure. Even those with normal blood pressure can palpitate and run out of breath when running, so those who have high blood pressure should do too.
If you happen to have high blood pressure, consult your doctor before you do any long runs. You can still run on your own but forget about the 10k or longer for now. There have been cases of people with high blood pressure being able to compete long runs but never try to do them on your own.
You Go Longer, But Not Faster
One of the most important variables of any type of exercise is intensity. Almost every person who runs picks up a pace that they can sustain for a long duration. When you hop on a cardio machine, you just want to break a sweat or burn some good calories. Of course, your goal is to push yourself so you can work hard and feel the burn. While this can do a lot for endurance, this is not the best thing for fat loss.
Research shows that it took about an hour a day of walking at 3 miles per hour to maintain weight, not lose it. Now, instead of going with the average, why not push yourself further out of your comfort zone? While most people would maintain weight, you can be amongst the few who actually lose it.
You Have a Poor Diet
You might be able to do marathons and sprints, but you will not see any improvement until you take charge of what you eat. Diet is just as important as working out itself. Some experts say abs are made in the kitchen since dieting is just as important as working out itself. Some say that fitness is 90% diet and 10% exercise, but we say that you should give both factors your all. Thus, fitness is both 100% diet and 100% exercise.
If you are running for weight loss, you should let your body adjust to eating fewer carbs and sugar and tap your body’s ability to use up stored fats as energy. You can also fast for certain periods of time for you to get this ability and you will lose all your unwanted weight in no time.
You Run Too Much
Things are counterproductive when you overdo them. The number on the scale might not change because you run too much. This might not be a problem for the majority of people who struggle to drop a few pounds and sizes, but there have been cases where the fitness progress has been stunted by overdoing it.
Exercise is an important component of health. However, its stress on your body and how your body copes up with it that can impact your hormones, which can also control your ability to lose fat. If you happen to run an hour a day, that is actually more than enough to lose fat. If you have been doing more than that, you might be best suited to try other forms of cardio or adding some resistance training. You will be surprised with how difficult these other workouts are and how they will affect your body.
While running can be good for you, it is important to know if you are suited for it and if you are doing things right. Ever had frustrating results with running? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.