4 Terrible Things That Happen To Your Body When You Run Too Much | The Human Body

Running can bring a lot of health benefits to you, but that’s not always the case when you do it for too long. These are 4 terrible things that can happen to your body when you run too much.


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4 Terrible Things That Happen To Your Body When You Run Too Much | The Human Body

Author Since: Sep 20, 2018

  1. i hate running with a passion, but i force myself to do it everyday. the only motivation I have is that it is super good for my heart, lungs, and possibly even my mental health (even though I always think angry thoughts when I run lol)

    i'm sure there are things that are not good for your body, but the positives vastly outweigh the negatives. and the negatives here can all be remedied by proper diet and care

  2. Relax. All this is, is some balance. Running addicts (I've met a few admitting to that, so don't tell me they don't exist) want to hear that more is MORE is MORE MORE MORE (just like any other addict), so are not going to like hearing there could be anything but good in their fix taking. If you're running marathons, there's a fair chance that you at very least receive lots of natural morphine as a reward for this already, so you might get quite angry if someone tells you your kidneys don't like it as much as you do.

    But relax. Notice, there's no suggestion that you die from any of the effects of this? At very least it's reasonably harmless in the longer term. (That is if you're not my addict mate who kept popping the pain killers to shut his back up, and had a disk explode on him during an ultramarathon). Keep on taking that drug. There's probably some net overall benefit, and even if there isn't, you're enjoying it so tell all the scolders to just go to hell and go find their own ways to have fun.

    The pernicious side of the backlash type response to this suggestion that more might not always be more is that the idea that "EXERCISE" is something like running a marathon. It's what puts non-runners off. It sets stupid standards for people with other priorities who give this "EXERCISE" thing (it's BIG, so it needs Capitals) a go. It creates a stupid two-speed world of "real runners" and "slobs" (or "sane people" and "masochists" – same stupidity; different application).

    There's a third way, and it's better than the idea that athletics is for the half-percent (and it doesn't matter which side you choose to make that misperception from). The third way is epitomised by Parkrun (look it up if you live under a rock and have never heard of it). Concepts like "No pain; No pain" make a lot more sense for the majority of people than does the idea that you should strive and overcome all day, every day. A moderate amount of exercise is all it takes to get most of the benefits of an exercise for a modest investment of time, and for a minimised risk of injury.

    The idea that you have to run to start running is the first terrible mistake people make, depriving themselves of better health (the majority – which should matter more than what happens to a trivially small percentage?) Walk, run, walk. Don't do too much. That's the right way to start for the vast majority. Do SOMETHING, yes, but as soon as you're managing that, don't put yourself off by making it hurt, and don't mess yourself up by following the vanity narratives some of those who make more of the marathons etc than just the actual running are so good at scripting. Yes, run a marathon. No, not this year if you're over 40. Not next year, either. Get your tendons in better shape first.

    My current passion for this third way is due to a muscle tear. I ran. I got carried away with it (largely by not doing the kind of joy-killing you do by comparing yourself to others). I sprinted across a street on the way home one day. Pop! Because the muscles strengthen quicker than the connective tissue does. And it's back again. If you pop it, it pops every time you let vanity (or even some more acceptible form of ambition) be your guide.

    One of the things you learn, once you get into a nice groove of regular exercise that doesn't threaten to lay you low, is that more is less. "Train for intensity"? No! Not unless you're 20-something and bulletproof, or have been training to at least some extent for the last several years. More force is more risk. The time saving isn't worth it. … Just an example of a completely different way of getting that exercise fix.

    And if it all works out well long enough, maybe try a marathon. Sure. You might have some hidden talent for it, even. It's just that a goal like that should not be the point of ordinary health-focused exercise. (And what people who have become locked into that way of doing things is irrelevant to downright harmful outside of that narrow scope of the 1%).

  3. Nobody talks about how your stop feeling sensation on your legs until you start running like a toddler then you can't walk no more because you can't feel them at all. Yup that was me in the beginning of track

  4. well you got to push through these things,dont ya? and really only terrible things happen if you run too much if you either overtrain,are very unprepared like running 5 miles randomly if you havent trained at all and you have bad eating style and no rest,or your sick

  5. Utterly shit sports like mma, sumo wrestling, marathon running, power lifting, eating challenge, strongman competition, bodybuilding etc. must be banned worldwide.