Is marathon running bad for you?
Marathons are races of at least 26 miles or 42.195 kilometers. The are conducted to raise money for charities and organizations as well as just for sport. They can be a fantastic way to keep your body in shape and healthy. There are also marathons for people in wheelchairs and with other handicaps. Some runners become addicted the “runners high” they experience, and experts say it is a great stress reliever. Running and training for a marathon improves physical strength, cardiovascular health, and mental stability, but can running marathons be bad for you? Heart, a British medical journal reported that excessive exercise and cardio work-outs could nullify the benefits obtained by moderate exercise.
One of the trickiest and most deadly risks of marathon running is staying hydrated. Runners often feel fine, when suddenly they will pass out while running or keel over in pain. There seem to be no warning signs or tell-tale physical trigger. New runners often make the mistake of hydrating before the run with diet soda or some drink containing aspartame or artificial sweetener. Some sports drinks can help if they contain electrolytes but plain water or specifically manufactured runners drink is the best option. If you get over-heated, you’re dehydrated, and it won’t be long before you are out of the race.
Running long distances puts incredible stress on the heart. High-intensity exercising, lasting more than 2 hours, can seriously damage the heart. Several years of this type of exercise on a regular basis the tissues of the heart can thicken and even form scar tissue. Another issue with the heart evolves by hydrating with diet soda or drinks with aspartame or artificial sweetener. High intake of these products can cause pulmonary hypertension.
Runners who do not properly rain before the marathon are at a higher risk of injury and irreparable damage. No one without proper training can just wake up one day and run a 26-mile marathon. It can take years of training the body to endure the heavy challenge of a constant run. Conditioning the body by deep stretches, resistance, and endurance training, and progressively longer runs. People who are obese, unfit, have poor endurance or a physical handicap may have to train harder and longer.
According to medical experts, marathon runners do not experience the joint, tendon, and muscle issues that were previously thought. As long as proper training is conducted. Training teaches the body to adapt to the activities and allows the joints and muscles to become more adept at the task. People of all ages use marathon running as a way to stay young and healthy as well as contribute to a good cause. Medical experts agree that helping others through a charitable endeavor can greatly reduce depression, anxiety, and stress.
While all these dangers of marathon running can cause serious damage, running one or two marathons a year while perfectly trained can be a health benefit. It can bring communities together and even help you meet new people.
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