We all know that running is a healthy form of exercise, but doing it daily can be strenuous on the body. While it may be tempting to experience the “runner's high” on a daily basis, there are things to take note of when it comes to being an every-day-runner:
- Streaking can be harmful for beginners and the experienced alike.
Streaking is an increasingly popular trend. It refers to the act of regularly running a minimum of 1.6KM on a daily basis. While this consistency does signal a high level of self-discipline, it can lead to burn-out, overtraining, and even injury. This is especially true if you are a beginner who has suddenly ramped up your training drastically over a short period of time. This can easily translate into injuries such as shin splints and stress fractures. For seasoned and experienced athletes, streaking gives them insufficient time to recover well. After all, muscles typically required 24 to 48 hours to recover from a workout. Running every day for a long period of time can be a stretch for even the most seasoned of veterans.
- Overtraining can strain your heart
Long-term excessive exercise can strain your heart and be associated with coronary artery calcification, diastolic dysfunction, and large artery wall stiffening. Overtraining counteracts other positive benefits of moderate exercise and actually become harmful. If you experience chest pains or pressures, insomnia, lowered immunity, decreased exercise performance, frequent pain in muscles and joints, you may be seeing signs of excessive or overly intense running. If you must run on a daily basis, try to incorporate two days a week of slow and short sessions in between your regular runs.
- Losing out on other health benefits of various sports.
Dedicating all your time to just running may not be the healthiest decision. You may be losing out on the health benefits of other forms of exercise such as swimming, weight-training, yoga and more. Variety is the spice of life (and training), so don't let things get too bland!
Doing too much of anything is not advisable. Even when it concerns something as basic as running, moderation always outpaces the extreme. The next time you think about increasing the frequency of your runs, remember the points above!