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Why You Don't Have to Love Running

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you need some good news in your life, listen to this: When it comes to fitness, you don’t have to love running. Isn’t that a relief? While there are many people who love a good run, there are plenty of others who despise the thought of hitting the trails. For some reason, we’ve all been taught that running is one of the most important aspects of getting fit. And while it can certainly help, it’s just not necessary. If this sounds like great news in your life, take a look at why you don’t have to love running to get fit anyway.

Walking is Good Enough

Though running might burn a few more calories, most of the benefits of taking a run can be had by taking a walk instead. If you need something more challenging than a walk, try going uphill, wearing ankle weights, or speeding up. But running? You don’t have to do it. You’ll still burn calories, work the muscles, expand lung function, and gain major benefits from exercise with a simple walk. Get some supportive shoes, find a nice trail, and walk your way to better fitness.

You Can Love A Different Exercise

Another good thing to remember is that you don’t have to walk either. If you want to get fit, there are many exercises to choose from. Running (or walking) is not the be-all end-all of getting in shape. Try kickboxing, aerobics, Zumba, yoga, or any number of various workouts. Do something you enjoy, and forget about what you’re supposed to be doing. You’re supposed to be exercising, so as long as you’re working out, you’re probably good to go.

Running Can Hurt

If you’re still considering going for a run out of necessity, consider this: Running can literally hurt the body. Runners often suffer from pain in the lower back and knees. And even though a few adjustments can help you avoid these kinds of pains, it takes a lot of learning and dedication to change your running habits. And if you already hate running, you’re probably not going to spend the time to do it. Choose something that feels good to the body instead. Don’t risk injury for something you hate. Enjoy your workout, and you’re more likely to find success.

You really don’t have to like running. You don’t have to add it to your workout. You don’t have to force yourself through a jog to get fit. Armed with this knowledge, free yourself from the baggage of running! Find something you like. Find something that is fun! Work out for you, and better health will quickly follow your dedication to your fitness routine.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santa Monica, Calif.

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