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Is Running Good or Bad for the Body?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Running is a great way to get in shape. When many think of finally committing to losing weight and improving fitness, they immediately think of running. Runners are thin and fit, right? While it's true that running can help you drop pounds and get healthy, there's a lot of controversy surrounding the practice. As it turns out, it may not be all it's cracked up to be. If you're interested in beginning a running practice, take a look at the info you need to keep the practice safe and healthy for your body. 

Pros of Running

Running is an intense workout. If you run quickly, you'll burn calories and activate your fast twitch muscle fibers. You'll also seriously tax the lungs, forcing them to take in more air and significantly expanding your stamina. If you choose to run slowly, you'll still burn calories and improve stamina. Those who regularly pound the pavement tend to have lower body fat percentage, more defined muscles, more endurance, lower resting heart rate, and a wealth of other positive health traits that stay with you throughout your lifetime.

Cons of Running

Though there are plenty of reasons to grab some running shoes and get moving, there are also plenty of reasons to avoid it. For some, running causes joint pain and swelling. For others, it creates constant sore knees and feet. And still for others, it can create trouble for the digestive tract. It can be hard on the body, which makes a significant impact on the aging process. For many, the risks aren't worth the reward, and so running simply doesn't make sense for long-term health.

Chiropractic Care Might Help

If you want to run, but you're one of the many who suffers from pain in the process, chiropractic care may be the answer you need. Chiropractors can help keep the spine and joints restriction-free and healthy. This means less pain, more mobility, and a much easier time maintaining an exercise routine -- such as running. Many runners find much of the hip, knee, and foot pain alleviated, and this enables them to actually enjoy their running routines. If you really want to gain the benefits of running without the risks, chiropractic care should definitely be part of your life.

If you want to continue running and you think chiropractic care might help you stay healthy and pain-free, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is an easy and stress-free process. Along with chiropractors who truly care about your wellness, The Joint also offers walk-in visits and affordable pricing to everyone who walks through the doors. Running is a great way to stay in shape  and chiropractic care is a great way to stay healthy and make running more enjoyable! Get a jump start on better health in your life with a quick stop at The Joint Chiropractic as soon as today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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