Too much running bad for your health?

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Too much running bad for your health?
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Thu, 04-03-2014 - 11:39am

Once again the subject of too much running has hit the news. A new study just out suggest too much running can shorten your lifespan. "Running regularly has long been linked to a host of health benefits, including weight control, stress reduction, better blood pressure and cholesterol.However, recent research suggests there may a point of diminishing returns with running.A number of studies have suggested that a "moderate" running regimen -- a total of two to three hours per week, according to one expert -- appears best for longevity, refuting the typical "more is better" mantra for physical activity." READ MORE

I find this all very interesting as I personally just logged another 100+ mile month running. I have to wonder if I am helping or hurting myself in the long run (hehe-pardon the pun). Your thoughts on this new study?

Karla
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Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Sat, 04-05-2014 - 11:59am

Below is a recent article.  An older one also states the hypothesis that when you are over 40, marathon races can cause microtears in the heart muscle that do not repair as well as when you are younger.  The older article suggest slow and steady running is better than racing.  That is only a hypothesis of the data.

http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/health/fitness-fanatics-warned-too-much-exercise-could-shorten-your-life-30157316.html

Cardiologists in the US found that runners who exercise strenuously for more than three hours a week may unwittingly damage their health and reduce their life expectancy.

They said those who stick to moderate workouts – amounting to two to three hours a week – benefit more than people who do either extreme exercise routines or no exercise at all.

Experts from the Cardiovascular Research Institute in Pennsylvania announced their findings after studying more than 3,800 male and female runners, with an average age of 46.

But Irish fitness experts said runners should not be unduly put off by the findings.

They said Irish people should maintain a balanced approach to their training regimes and use common sense.

The US researchers took into account the medication that participants used, and whether they had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and if they smoked.

Almost 70pc of those who took part in the study said they ran more than 20 miles a week.

The scientists concluded that the medical factors and smoking habits could not be used to explain why people who ran the furthest had the shortest lifespans.

However, the institute's co-director, cardiologist Martin Matsumara, said people should not just stop running.

"Runners in general enjoy longer and better health," he said.

Although researchers could not pinpoint the optimal dose of running for health and longevity, they said they believed the results proved that too much running was harmful to the health of the heart.

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Dr James O'Keefe, director of preventive cardiology at the Mid-American Heart Institute in Kansas City, said the results could be explained by the "wear and tear" inflicted on people's bodies when they do a lot of exercise.

Dr O'Keefe, who reviewed the research, advised joggers to aim for about two-and-a-half hours of slow to moderate paced running a week.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Sat, 04-05-2014 - 7:19am

LOL about wondering why anyone would want to be type B. My BIL once talked about a friend who moved to Scotland for a couple of years and felt he was losing his competitive edge so he left. My thought was, why didn't he just stay??? I'm not uncompetitive but it's more about pushing my limits, on what I want to do, and not about how it is compared to others, or based on societal norms. Although I'll admit if someone is a jerk, I'll want to be better.






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Fri, 04-04-2014 - 10:55pm
I am a type A...and when I was reading about the characteristics, I was thinking 'why would anyone want to be a type B' which I think is very type A. If they said running made you live longer, I would say - it just seems longer...but iwill never. Run a marathon so toe,it doesn't matter either way....but I think there is a study that proves everything is bad, and one to prove beery thing is good....and we all have to go sometime, so spend time dong what you love.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 04-04-2014 - 3:59pm

LOL, you might not live longer but you sure will feel like you did!






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Fri, 04-04-2014 - 10:51am

I don't know how someone can survive on so few calories much less live longer.

Karla
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Fri, 04-04-2014 - 10:51am

I don't know how someone can survive on so few calories much less live longer.

Karla
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Fri, 04-04-2014 - 10:51am

I don't know how someone can survive on so few calories much less live longer.

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 5:57pm

There are calorie restricting people who live on about 500-600 calories in hopes that they will live longer. GR, didn't you say your SO was one? The last I read, it wasn't true for people.  I live to eat too much to even consider that.






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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 5:56pm

I do the hard workouts sometimes but I'm happy to take it easy. And, while I have run long distances, I've never been concerned about time. I think it's one reason I did them.  I could go as slowly as I wanted and finishing was the task.  I tried taking that test but I could't answer the questions! It depends on what I'm doing and the mood I'm in. I don't think I've ever been type a but probably have some traits.  I love speed as long as I don't have to be the one to do the work (I love roller coasters but have no need to run fast).  






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Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 04-03-2014 - 4:14pm

Hah.  That says I am a B.  I don't think so, although I know that I AM changing.  :D  Interesting hypothesis...it would be interesting to see what the data says about Type A vs. Type B.

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