You Say You Can’t Run?

You know what? Our page about Eat Less, the first Pillar of Weight Loss had quite a nice success 🙂 Thanks for that! I don’t remember on which website I always see this sentence: “It’s good to feel love!”. Well, it’s the way I feel today 🙂

Regarding Move More, The Second Pillar of Weight Loss, this new page is taking the same direction: we have already received many feedbacks and questions that we will try to answer here. But before that, congratulations to all of you who have achieved to eat less and who have already started exercising!

You remember that we did three exercising programs for three groups, based on your previous exercising and your current physical activity.
Today we would like to reply to people from Group 1 and 2 who say that they can’t run.

Why can’t you run?
Apparently you have many reasons to stay at home:

  • You are too fat
  • You are too old
  • Your knee hurts, your foot hurts, your ankle hurts, your shin hurts, your hip hurts, your back hurts, what else?
  • Bodybuilders don’t run
  • It’s bad for your joints
  • It’s just too hard.

To be fair it’s not the first time that people tell me that they can’t run or that running is bad for them, if I had a dollar for every time I heard it, well… I’d be rich now but I would still be doing the same thing, writing this post 🙂

This topic is frequently launched and commented in running forums — yes, there are forums about running 🙂 some guys are so happy running that they need to talk about it in specialized forums to other guys like them 😉 Of course you have many threads about “I can’t run” and hundreds of replies from members who remember what they used to reply to this question. Some of these replies were very funny, some made me laugh to tears, I have kept two of them:

  • My dad always says that runners look so haggard. If by “haggard,” he means “super hot,” I totally get it.
  • My mother in law told me it would make my uterus fall out. I told her I was done having kids so I didn’t need it anymore anyway.

🙂

OK, seriously now.

You say you can’t run? I don’t believe you. You can’t run or you don’t want to?
Let me answer point by point.

You are too fat to run

Never too fat to runI don’t buy this one. It’s precisely because you are fat that you should run. Running is like walking, except quicker.
You can walk can’t you? So you can run too. There are no morphological reasons why you would not run. I don’t mean running a marathon in the first month, but starting with walking and running intervals can be done at any weight, whatever your Body Mass Index.

You are too old to run

Never too old to runCome on 😉 You are never too old to run if your body accepts it. Check with your doctor and you will know. I have so many seniors around me who started running in their 50’s and who are performing very well now (it’s amazing the endurance at this age). Too old to run, really? Tell that to Fauja Singh, who is at 101 the world’s oldest marathon runner!

Bodybuilders Don’t Run

Bodybuilders don't runI heard it so many times: most bodybuilders run when someone says the word cardio! 😉  I will not develop here because a detailed post will come soon: anabolic versus catabolic training, bodybuilders who avoid cardio because they fear they would end up looking like skinny long distance runners 😉 It makes no sense to build a global rule out of an exception. Life is balance, you need strength but endurance also, you should definitely include some cardio training with running sessions.

Joints, The Typical Fake Excuse

Joints hurt, the typical fake excuse not to runIf you are overweight, of course pounding out the pavement will be demanding for your hips and knees! Make sure to buy real running shoes, not Converse All Stars
For instance cushioning shoes will provide a high level of shock attenuation if you are running on the pavement more than on grass or off-road in general. The way your foot hit the road tells if you are pronator, over-pronator or supinator. Most people are pronators, probably your case too. With cushioning shoes your body’s connective tissue will absorb the shock, without cushioning your bones and joints will take the brunt of the shock. I can’t stand seeing people (overweight or not) running without appropriate shoes. Sometimes I can’t resist, I stop and tell them: for God’s sake, buy *real* running shoes!!

Running is too hard

Running is just too hard when you are overweightIf the real reason you won’t run is more in your head than in your body, you have a mental block on running and you think it’s too hard. I can’t run, it’s just not possible, it’s too hard, boohoo 🙁 Running is hard, sure, but only at the beginning! If you are strong enough to start and then to resist for a few weeks, believe me, there is no better way for losing weight and getting fit than running. Running burns more calories than almost every other exercise, it’s worth the effort. Did you try our first program with walking and jogging intervals? Really? If not, how do you know you can’t run until you try? Was it to hard? Did you have cushioning shoes? If not, try again. Did you respect all rest and recovery days between sessions? It’s not easy but it’s feasible for anyone: start by walking and after a while, running, and so on. I remember I could not run for 5 minutes straight the first time I tried, having so many extra pounds after all these years of excess (junk food, alcohol, no physical activity). So I took the advice of experts around me, including my brother in law, and after a few weeks I was able to run for short distances, progressively for 10 minutes, then 15, then 20 and so on until 30, 45, 1 hour! and more. I did it, thousands of people did it, you can do it. It’s in your head.

Running Causes Pain and Injury

Running causes pain and injuryI prefer to address this issue immediately: yes it’s true, depending on your overweight you might have small inconveniences like problems with your knees or hips. First, refer to my previous words regarding cushioning shoes. If you have real running shoes and still issues, they have to be considered of course. It has been the case for me also in the beginning: I had an inflammation behind the knee and one at the hip and both have been treated by a doctor with a few anti-inflammatory injections.
Don’t worry too much, these things happen: running comes with the stress of little or medium shocks, your body breaks down your muscles during training and rebuilds them after training, that’s why rest days are important. It might happen that you have some aches and pains in the beginning, don’t worry, slow down, take more rest, get it treated by a doctor, after a few weeks you’ll be definitely over it and you will be on the right track for your new body 🙂 Be strong.

Conclusion

Except buying ephedrine for its famous fat burning effects, I see no better chance for your weight loss program than running, again and again and again!
Why do you think I insist so much? Because I know.
Running is also a terrific stress reliever. You have no idea how much it could change your life, not only your body. From all people I have helped to get fit and healthy again, most of them don’t need to run anymore for weight management, because their lifestyle and food habits are fine, but they kept running for all the benefits. Ask any runner about the biggest risk with running: doing too much until you’ve injured yourself and you need to stop running for a while… Be honest, don’t hide behind fake excuses and just face the truth: you can run. You know that nothing compares to running when it come to lose weight.
You really want to lose weight. You should run. You will run.

Mike Budd.

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