Since running is a popular workout, we figured we would cover a few myths about running.
One running myth comes from the WebMD article and is related to knee health. This myth states that running on a treadmill is less harmful to your knees than running on pavement or asphalt. They state that both of these forms of running have the same impact on your knees. Your body weight on joints is what causes the stress on your knees, so no matter where you run, you will be impacting your knees. And this bring us to our next running myth!
The second myth mentioned in the Health article, states that running is bad for your knees. A study done at Stanford University has actually found that this is a myth. They found that the knees of older runners were no worse than the people who didn’t run. However, women are more likely to suffer from knee injuries related to running than men. This is due to the fact that women have “an imbalance in the strength ratio between their quadriceps and hamstrings, which can increase the risk of ACL injuries.” Building this strength and regularly doing workouts that can help target this area can help reduce the chances of getting injured, so don’t worry running women of the world, you don’t have to quit anytime soon.
The final running myth that we will cover, but surely not the last one that has yet to be busted, comes from the Men’s Health article. This myth states that running helps shed pounds. While running is a great workout and offers many different benefits, weight training could be more effective when it comes to dropping pounds. Interval training and weight training can help you lose fat quicker than hours on the treadmill.