Running is a sport, a hobby, and a form of exercise beloved by countless people. And it is a great way to lose those unwanted post pregnancy pounds. Running with a stroller is fun and is a great way to get outside. But don’t overdo it. Whether you love running through fall foliage, or along the shores of the sunny beach, or hitting the pavement at an annual marathon, there are so many ways in which running is beneficial for the body, the mind, and the spirit. And, as a simple activity, nearly anyone is suited for it. However, for all of its wonderful positives, running can pose problems for its most dedicated fans. Too much running can become a bad habit – and it can have damaging effects on the body and your health. Here are some of running’s most prominent negative impacts.
Knee Pain and Injury
Running puts pressure and impact on so many different areas of the body: the feet, the ankles, the shins, the knees, the thighs, and an endless list of other areas. However, the knee pain and problems that running can cause are an incredibly sore spot for many long-term runners. Poorly fit, or aged and worn running shoes can cause misalignment of the knee cap, resulting in pain – but perhaps even worse, regular running damages the knee as it strengthens your muscles. As your thigh muscles become stronger, the quadriceps begin pulling the patella out of place because the leg muscles are imbalanced.
An Enlarged Heart
Cardio may be known as the heart-healthy way to exercise and get your blood pumping, but too much running isn’t the best choice for your heart. Although running does help the heart work hard, it can damage the right ventricle when enjoyed too often. According to medical researchers who studied athletes training for endurance running, damage was found in the heart immediately after the running took place. The runners’ hearts were enlarged, and the right ventricle in each athlete was functioned at a decreased level.
Damaged Skin Tissue
There’s a lot of movement throughout the entire body when running takes place: tissue jiggles, bounces, and shifts as your legs and arms rise and fall. For women, all of these quick and impactful movements can be damaging. When walking at an average pace, women’s breasts move equally, shifting about 33 percent in every direction – in and out, up and down, and side to side. When running, the movement becomes increased and more dramatic, as the breasts move in those same varied directions up to 51 percent. Over a prolonged running career, that movement breaks down and overstretches the fragile ligaments in breast tissue. Fight this off by ensuring you wear proper support whenever you run.