Every time I’m getting ready to go for a run I can hear my dad’s voice in the back of my head saying, “You’re better off jumping around for an hour instead of going for a run, it’s so bad for you’re knees!” Ever since my father said this to me, I have been curious if running is actually bad for you but never actually looked into it. Is running really bad for you? Does it have more negative effects then positive? We’ll see!
We have runners, people who love to partake in marathons and all that fun runner stuff; and then we have people who run in moderation— short distances here and there, and then there are those that don’t run at all. Are the runners healthier or is it too much running harming their health? According to an editorial recently published in the British journal Heart, “People who work out too hard for too long may be less healthy than sedentary people, and are more likely to die than moderate exercisers.”
An observational study was conducted to study the risk that comes with running, or in some cases; the benefit. According to Active, 52,000 people were tracked by a number of researchers for over 30 years. To me, these numbers seem insane. I do not understand how someone could track that many people for that long of a time frame; I believe this leaves room for error. Alex Hutchison says,“It suffers from a serious error in statistical analysis: the failure to distinguish between confounding variables and mediating variables.” There could be another variable z linking running and health together, such as, other exercise, family history and etc. Continuing on, the study showed the runners of the experiment had as much as a 19% death risk rate lower than people who didn’t run. Runners are also said to have a greater buildup of coronary plaque which can lead to heart disease.
Another study tested heart attack survivors. About 2,000 of them ran to a certain extent and it actually benefitted their survival. As the distance of running increased, the benefits began to decrease. 6.5 miles a day is where we should draw the line.
So taking into consideration the question,“Is running bad for you.”I found in these studies that running and exercising is good for you up to a certain extent, just like everything else. Pushing yourself too far can break you down in the long run. Running in moderation is the best choice, but if you choose to run excessively it is better than not running at all. Exercising makes you healthier and can actually cause you to live longer, if you choose not to exercise you can die prematurely; take action now.