Is frequent long distance running harmful to our bodies?
Does frequent long distance running such as taking part in full marathon or weekly training of at least 10km in each run will slowly kill our body?
Thanks for your question – another great one! I often am asked by people whether running is bad for you and my general response is the same as Dr Ethan – no!
Running is a natural process and if you look at children, it is one of the most joyous activities that one can do – for free! As with Dr Ethan, its not something that I enjoy particularly, but in the not too distant past, I did my fair share.
The main issue with running is that many of us don’t do it regularly and then on a whim or for a challenge, we decide that that is the way we are going to “get fit again” – wrong.
If you haven’t been running for a while and then go straight back into long distances, the...
Hi there Allen – The short answer is no, if you go about training for marathons in an appropriate and progressive manner.
Long distance running and taking part in marathons requires a certain level of expertise, experience and technique – which is unfortunately something not many people realise. This results in chronic type of injuries in the longer run (no pun intended), as one ages.
Even though I’m personally not a fan of long distance running myself, largely due to the weather in Singapore, scientific literature is still pretty equivocal as to whether the benefits outweigh the risks of long-distance running.
Moderate amounts of running is known not to cause osteoarthritis – it’s even been shown that it has a protective effect on joints.
However, overuse joint injuries are very common among distance runners. The hypothesis...