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Exercise: More is NOT better. We were born to walk, not run.

Monday, November 11, 2013

I suspect it all along that running a marathon is one of the dumbest thing you can do. Total body inflammation is what you're asking for. Finally, a cardiologist who can speak up about over-exercising. Enjoy:

Run for your life! At a comfortable pace, and not too far: Dr. James O'Keefe

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LAURIE5658 11/22/2013 12:41PM

    Running a marathon was one of the most satisfying accomplishments I have ever experienced. Like everything in life. moderation is key. If you train correctly marathons are awesome and far more than that...running is a positive life changer. I just returned from my annual physical and my doctor told me that my running is a vital part of my healthy lifestyle. Nuff said.

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MOMMACASSEY 11/22/2013 9:12AM

    I used to feel the same way about running--as far as I was concerned, I would only run if something terrible was chasing me, and then I wouldn't run far, I'd just run until I either found a place to hide or until it caught me.

But then I got hooked on running, totally by accident. I thought I was doing it because it would burn calories faster than walking (it does) and I worked it into my walks in little bursts. Now, I can run for over an hour, taking little walking breaks in between.

I've seen some of the runners in my area who do marathons and stuff, and they look incredibly fit--incentive for me! However, even when they're running, they look ragged... but when they get to the finish line, it's all smiles and happy endorphins!

I agree that running may not be for everyone--and it may not be for every part of a person's life. I don't honestly see myself ever running a marathon, and I doubt I'll ever shoot for a half. But for now, I'm very happy about running, and I get itchy to go for a run if it's been a few days since my last chance to. It's the most complete and most invigorating workout I have found to date, and I do love my SP videos and working out with Coach Nicole as well as Leslie Sansone.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/22/2013 9:00AM

    I prefer to run/walk. Running still feels better to me than walking.

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RACEWELLWON 11/16/2013 11:16AM

    I agree that's why - I speed walk - Running is way over rated !! Good Blog - Love your Honesty !!!

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    Boy can I agree with this! Every day I drive past runners. 90% of them shouldn't be running. They look like they are ready to keel over and die. And they call this healthy? I don't think so!

Great blog and thanks for speaking my thoughts on the subject.

I am a walker, Period! And, if someone thinks that's a sissy exercise let them!

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MADEIT3 11/15/2013 2:35PM

    I don't run because it hurts my hip joints, and I like my hips - don't want to replace them. But if I could run without damage, I would simply for the endorphin effect. If I walk really fast for at least 20 minutes I feel really good for hours afterwards. So I always imagined that running would be even better. But maybe not...

Thanks for posting! I imagine that by the time I pass from this world the doctors will come to some consensus about what's good for you and what's not.


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STRIVERONE 11/11/2013 11:48PM

    I watched the video and thought much of it was true. What I objected to was the absoluteness. I'd just like to jump in with another view.

Of course marathons are not for everyone. I enjoy running long distances at the age of 60 and I only started running at 58. I just don't push myself to extremes. I keep my pace steady and wear a heart monitor. I don't push my heart rate above what is a very conservative safe zone. There is objective medical proof that my entire cardiovascular system is in much better condition than it was when I started running and strength training. I like to think I run like a Kenyan only at half the speed.

I'd like to point out that Pheidipides first ran 140 miles to Sparta in 36 hours, then ran back to the Athenian army with the message that the Spartans would help but would be late due to a religious holiday. So he ran a total of 280 miles then fought in the battle until the Spartans arrived.
The Greeks prevailed and Pheidipides was asked to deliver the good news to the city of Athens. "Despite his fatigue after his recent run to Sparta and back and having fought all morning in heavy armor, Phidippides rose to the challenge. Pushing himself past normal limits of human endurance, he reached Athens in perhaps 3 hours, delivered his message and then died shortly thereafter from exhaustion". The above quotation is from,R>if anyone is interested in the more historically accurate description of the first marathon.

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KENDRACARROLL 11/11/2013 6:30PM

    Good! I don't run either.
Way too hard on the body (my opinion).
Yet, I'm maintaining at my goal weight, doing all kinds of fun physical activities.
Following runner's posts, many of them seem to be proud of their sustained injuries, which always makes me wonder why?

Oh, I think, we are born to hike...
Heh, it's my passion!

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MEXGAL1 11/11/2013 4:34PM

    Okay, I don't need to run either.
thanks for sharing this.
Have a great evening.

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LIS193 11/11/2013 10:50AM

Now I have an excuse to not like running :)

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PLMITCH 11/11/2013 8:45AM

    As always, one person's opinion. I personally think it is remarkable that a person can run 26.2 miles. I enjoy running, and while I am only up to 7 miles for a maximum distance, I know I always feel very good after a run, both physically and mentally. I probably won't ever do a marathon, but I do envision doing a half sometime in the future. One step at a time though...

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SHERYLP461 11/11/2013 7:23AM

    While I am doing a 5K I plan to walk it.

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WEARINGTHIN 11/11/2013 2:09AM

    I tried watching the video until I realized it was 18 minutes long. However, I have heard there is some recent research that says running a marathon causes heart damage, and normally it takes about three months to recover from. Best wishes, Glenn

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THEEXERCISER 11/11/2013 2:05AM

    thanks for sharing

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