There are many myths associated with running, particularly with respect to how you should run to boost performance or lose weight. If you are ever in doubt, don’t hesitate to download the Running Coach app that will help to continue to improve your running safely and correctly!
In the meantime, here’s the truth behind 10 running myths.
1. “Stretching before running will prevent sore muscles”
The purpose of static stretching is to reduce blood flow in the muscles, which means this type exercise will not relieve muscle tension. To prevent soreness, you need to flush out toxins trapped in your muscles. This can be achieved in several ways: drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated, massages, electric stimulation therapy.
2. “Real runners don’t walk”
Alternating running and walking during your circuit training will not in any way diminish the effectiveness of your workout.
In fact, if you’re new to running, I recommend combining walking and running to gradually get your body used to a higher heart rate.
3. “You need to take long strides”
You shouldn’t force yourself to do anything that doesn’t feel right! Forcing your body can be extremely harmful. Your stride length will gradually increase with time and regular practice. Don’t try to imitate a certain way of running; do what feels natural for you.
4. “Running less than 30 minutes will not produce any fitness gains”
Running for as little as 10 minutes is beneficial to your health! It’s not the duration of your workouts that determines how quickly you boost your performance, but rather the intensity and variety of your running sessions.
5. “Running the same route in less time means that you’re improving”.
True, but only in the short term…
In the long term, it’s better to switch up your routine to avoid stagnating your progress.
If you always run the same route, your body will no longer need to adapt. However, it is through adaptation that your body progresses and becomes more efficient.
6. “Wearing additional layers of clothes makes you lose weight faster, because you sweat more”
Adding extra layers will not help you to lose weight. Sweating has nothing to do with weight loss. Even if you lose water by sweating, this just means that you’ll have to drink more water to rehydrate.
Weight loss tip:
Short intense workouts will activate your metabolism and therefore burn calories more effectively than longer running sessions.
7. “You should run on an empty stomach to lose weight”
While it’s true that running on an empty stomach burns more calories, don’t expect miracles. Your body will draw its energy from its reserves of sugar.
You might feel best while running on an empty stomach, and it won’t hurt you. However, if you are a novice, this type of training may be hard on your body and cause significant fatigue.
If you want to lose weight, I encourage you to read the article “How to run to lose weight” ».
8. “I run, so I can eat whatever I want”
Although you are free to eat what you want, it’s important to remember that running does not mitigate the negative effects of an unbalanced and unhealthy diet.
Diet plays a vital (often underestimated) role in improving your performance and fitness. Make sure to download the Nutri Coach app for dietary recommendations geared to meet your personal training regimen.
9. “You need to take deep breaths”
Breathing should feel natural. Everyone has their own breathing pattern.
10. “It’s better to finish off a run with a sprint”
It’s better to end with at an easy gentle pace to help you cool down. So, now that I’ve debunked these 10 running myths, please share your own comments and let me know if you’ve heard any of these myths before or if you know others.