Three Reasons Not to Run

by Mackenzie M. | October 2nd, 2012 | Cardio, Running

Although there are plenty of reasons to run for cardio exercise, there are also reasons not to run. Aside from the basic excuses of being too tired or lacking motivation, several more substantial reasons are good reasons to skip a day or more of cardio running exercise. Listed below are three situations where it is not good to run.

Weather. Although running can be done across a wide range of climates and temperatures, there are some times when it is just downright dangerous to go for a run. For example, I had to discontinue running during the daylight hours during the summer in New Orleans to prevent heat exhaustion and/or dehydration.

On the other hand, the frigid temperatures of areas with harsh winters are also bad for running. In snow or ice weather events, road and running paths can become incredibly dangerous. It is not uncommon for people to suffer permanent brain damage from falls on ice. Be sure to assess the temperature and weather conditions before going out to exercise.

Humidity levels can also make for dangerous running conditions, as water will leave the body at dangerous rates. Especially if not an experienced runner, avoid temperature and weather extremes when running.

Busy Schedule. Many people use a busy schedule as an excuse for not running.  Many say to make time for running, even in a busy and stressful time; however,  it is recommended to simply take a break from running during periods of busy schedules. Rather than reducing stress, trying to fit a run into an already packed schedule will simply add insult to injury. To fully get the mental health benefits from running, it is best to be able to set aside at least 90 minutes for a run.

Simply trying to squish in a 15-minute jog may be good for the heart, but not good for stress levels. This is a slippery slope, however. Be sure to use the best judgment when deciding what situation constitutes as too busy. If you find yourself sitting in front of the television for an hour or two, there is definitely time to run. Just be sure not to pack running into a schedule that is already full. The results will be troubling.

Injury. Shoulder and leg strains become more common as runners age. Rather than pushing through the pain like a teenager, be sure to go to a specialist to get the problem taken care of before returning to a running routine. Running with an injury is likely to make the injury worse, if not cause permanent damage to the body, rendering running impossible. Rather than taking a huge risk, just sit down for a week or two during recovery.

When looking for an excuse not to run, be sure it is legitimate. Watching television or playing video games are not excuses for not running. Just keep in mind that there are a few reasons not to run for the sake of optimal stress and health.

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