4 Things People Get Wrong About Running

by Sarah Wassner Flynn
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4 Things People Get Wrong About Running

When it comes to running, there are plenty of truths: It improves your health. It can help you lose weight. It can even make you happier. But there’s a lot of misconceptions attached to running floating out there, too. Here, we bust some of the sport’s major myths—and offer even more reasons to call yourself a runner.

The Myth: “Running is bad for my knees!”

The Truth: Sure, your entire body—including your knees—takes a pounding with every step you run. But studies show that running actually strengthens your knees and other joints, and improves your bone health. “Running is not bad for you,” insists Ryan Bolton, a running coach with Training Bible in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “We were all physically made to run.”

To prevent damage to your knees or anywhere else on your body, first start with the right pair of shoes. Not sure which sneaks to select? Head to your local running specialty store for a gait analysis, which will reveal the type of shoe that has the right combination of cushion and support for you.

Then, gently ease into running by alternating between walking and jogging, gradually decreasing the time you walk. Bottom line? To avoid completely shocking your system, give your body time to adjust to running before you really start pounding the pavement.

The Myth: “I’m going to lose a ton of weight as soon as I start running.”

The Truth: While running can be one of the most effective ways to lose weight, you’re not necessarily going to see instant results. And there’s a variety of reasons why, ranging from your approach to running (long, slow runs may keep your metabolism static) to the fact that high-intensity exercise can increase appetite—so just be wary that you’re not eating more than you burn when trying to lose weight.

The simplest way to see results from running? Stop looking at the scale.

“Scales don’t differentiate between fat, muscle, water retention, or the clothes you’re wearing,” says Shannon Downey, a health and fitness expert in Chicago, Ill. “If you feel good, have more energy, and notice that your clothes fit better, you’ll know [the running] is working.”

The Myth: “I don’t need to do any other type of exercise if I run.”

The Truth: Wouldn’t life be so simple if all we had to do was lace up our shoes and head out the door? While running provides a total body workout, it’s not the end-all-be-all when it comes to exercise. That’s why we have cross-training—or non-running exercises like cycling, swimming, or even a Zumba class.

“For the best results, it’s important to mix three forms of training: higher intensity interval training to help raise your metabolism; strength training to build lean muscle, which burns fat; and steady-state cardio training to burn extra calories at lower intensities,” explains Brett Hoebel, a professional trainer in Los Angeles. “Choosing one different cross-training exercise a day can target all three areas.”

Besides that, a regular cross-training routine can help you prevent injuries and bust boredom—both of which may come along with running only. So supplement your running with some cross-training, and you’ll be a better (and stronger) runner for it.

The Myth: “I’m not skinny or young enough to start running.”

The Truth: Anybody can be a runner. Just head out to a local road race and you’ll see people of all ages and body sizes streaming by. Or take a look at runners like Fauja Singh, the Indian-born Brit who retired from running last year at the age of 101—after taking up marathons at the age of 89. And 39-year-old professional runner Blake Russell, a mom of two, who became the second-oldest woman to snag an American marathon title with her win at the 2015 U.S. marathon championships in Los Angeles. So what’s your excuse again?

While it can be super scary to start up a running routine as an adult, it’s completely doable—even if you don’t consider yourself to have an “ideal” runner’s body.

As writer John “The Penguin” Bingham wrote: “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for 20 years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”

So what are you waiting for? Just run already.

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  • PaulB

    If you read the book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall, you’ll discover that the quality of your shoes are not predictive of less injury at all. That’s been a myth propagated by the shoe industry. Land on your mid-sole, not your heel, will lead to a better running experience for those new to running.

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      It is a bad book in my opinion

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  • Nae

    Okay, I started running with my dog, and I was feeling it in my knees, so mum said to wait until I had lost some more weight and could get some running classes, because we have a family history of knee problems.

    Also,when she got arthritis, her doctor TOLD her not to run.

    • RamblinMan

      Interesting…I’ve got a bit of arthritis, but other that fatigue, mine feels better after a run as long as I’m not trying to kill a PR. in addition, if I take any more than, say, two or three days off, I get stiff again and it is hard to get started. When I’m consistent I feel good.

  • Usetorun

    I use to run before, although at first I despised it so much because I was out of breath all the time and my legs would take a beating I started to actually enjoy it eventually. It doesn’t get easier you just get better at it :)) .I’m seriously thinking of taking it up again.

  • Olivia

    I feel sad when I see people claiming “everyone can run”. I used to love running and there’s nothing I’d like to do more. But two back injuries (a disc problem in my lower back and sacro-iliac joint dysfunction) mean that I simply can’t.I have tried, easing in ever so gently, and it just causes further pain and damage. Doctors and physios have warned me off it. I’m in my mid-30s and reasonably fit and I will never be able to run again. Not everyone can run.

    • R2D2

      Are you landing on your heels when you run? I changed my running style from landing on the heel to landing on my forefoot. I used to have problems with my knees and ankles when i run. But nowadays when I run, I don’t have problems with my ankles and knees.

    • Lodie

      Truth be told not everyone can run, some people are a good fit for it some are not. That being said, I have had a 3 tier fusion L4, L5, S1. Basically my tailbone and the 2 vertebrae are one piece. Which includes 4 steel rods and 6 screws. I run roughly 3-6 miles 3-4 a week. Training for a half marathon this year, so excited! Not everyone can do it and I may pay a price for it one day. But honestly if you have back issues or have had it worked on you have to take baby steps to get there. Luckily I have been blessed with great work being accomplished on my back….. Not everyone is so lucky I am sorry to say. But if you are still walking walking you can thank your lucky stars. Before my surgery I couldn’t walk due to so much damage and pain. I asked the doctors if I would ever ever be able to run again, they responded with you better be grateful if you can walk with little to no pain. And I am grateful, the trick I found to coping with the back issue is remembering I am not 100% anymore I have limits I must stay inside and everyone is different. I may may not run a 5 minute mile but I get there in my own sweet time and as long as I can run, I will.

      • Lisa Rowlis

        Good luck with your half marathon Lodie! I just completed my first one last week. I’m so grateful that I was not only able to finish but also be within my goal of under 2.5 hours, finish time was 2.27! Biggest run in training prior to the race was 15kms, and regularly run 5km about 3 times a week, close to 6min kms. You sound like you have the right attitude (which is 80% of the battle) so I’m sure you will go great!

  • Dr. Prashant Pandey

    Great Job really nice article, Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Nadine Beers

    I just turned 50 and started running with a club. I’m improving but it takes time and work. I do other types of excercise, such as spinning and weight lifting. These will also help prevent injuries as well. Looking forward to my first 5K.

  • James

    As well as readin “Born To Run” as PaulB suggests, the book “Barefoot Running Step By Step” makes the same points. Look at the picture of the runner at the top of this article. Her heel is about to hit the ground first, sending 3-4 times the force of her body weight straight up her leg to her knee and hip. By touching down with the ball of the foot (and other proper techniques) the arch would naturally deal with the forces and save the knees and hips.

    Another interesting fact is that problems like runner’s knee and tight IT band didn’t exist before the invention of the sneaker 40 years ago. We weren’t meant to land on our heels but there’s a 20 billion dollar industry selling you shoes so you can try…until your knees or hips give out.

  • LindS

    I have tried running a couple of times I am overweight but find if I run my leg all along the right side of my shin is agony and gets worse the more I do then even walking hurts I stop after couple weeks it goes my husband recons it is just the muscle working any advice please as in vicious circle need to excercise to loose weight but feel too big to do it thanks

    • RamblinMan

      I had the same problem. My shins hurt for a year. I’d run, then hurt so bad I almost couldn’t walk. Let it get better a couple days then do it again. After a year doing this wearing shoes from the bargain bin of bargain stores, I finally got fitted for a proper pair of running shoes. Within a few days I was feeling much better, and within two weeks the problem was gone. I started running 7 years ago at 46 because doc told me to do something about my health cuz my numbers were all bordering on bad. I was 50# overweight. Still 40# overweight now, but other than that everything is good…BP, glucose, cholesterol etc. In a good year, with no injuries, I run about 850 miles. Last year I was off with a knee injury for a while so ended up with only 550 miles. Still not bad for a 53 year old heavy guy. Oh yeah, last year I took 3rd in my age division in a 5k. Start slow, don’t be afraid to walk, check out Jeff Galloway’s run/walk method, and by all means, GET FIT WITH THE BEST SHOES FOR YOU, no cheapies.

    • Newrunner

      Me too. My lateral lower legs cramp up and burn. It’s so painful. Not sure if it’s due to the fact that I am new to running or if it’s my gait. Any thoughts?

    • mechele

      Try some leg compression sleeves. They help me with shin splints

    • Sus

      I would suggest focusing on the calories that you are eating. When I was at my heaviest I focused on calorie counting and lost heaps. Then I gradually attempted a light jog from light pole to light pole.

    • nicole

      Google stretching exercises for shin splints and do these before every workout. I notice my shjns hurt if i start out walking too fast. If i start slow and gradually work up to a good pace my shins won’t bother me. Stay encouraged.

    • SmurfinCrazy

      Pease use periods in between each sentence. I can’t tell where one sentence ends and the next one begins. Thanks. I hope you have a blessed day and good luck!

    • David

      I’m an orthopedic physical therapist who has treated injured runners for 25 years. Here’s my 2 cents:
      1. Running does not cause arthritis according to the literature.
      2. Osteoarthritis is very common and will most likely occur in runners as it will in many other athletes.
      3. Previous joint injuries and a high BMI are risk factors.
      4. If you have arthritis, running or other forms of high impact exercise may make your symptoms worse.
      5. If you have arthritis, it is critically important to keep moving, keep fit, maintain a BMI under 30, protect your joints and maintain strength in the muscles around the arthritic joint.
      6. Re shin splints, they can be a stubborn problem. Modify the exercise program( change intensity, frequency or duration), stretch lower leg muscles, foam roller, strengthen shin muscles w elastic resistance bands, use wet heat for stiffness and aches, ice for acute pain or swelling, try a short course of anti-inflammatory medicines, have foot evaluated for a potential orthotic/arch support, try the compression stockings.
      7. Remember to only incr mileage 5% per week. Avoid hills. Cross train on bike .
      Best wishes
      David PT ATC

    • Pamela Renz

      Walk, really you can do this just by walking. It has nothing to do with how fast you go or the miles you cover, it’s the time you spend walking. Walking burns off belly fat. Today is 4/20/2015, walking 4 to 6 times a week together with a low calorie diet my boyfriend has lost over thirty-four pounds since January 1st of this year.

    • Tom Goodman

      I can tell after the first run if the shoes I got are wrong for me. I get shin splints. Improper shoe fit is usually the cause of shin splints. Get properly fitted by someone who knows how to do it, and don’t skimp on shoes ever. It is always worth the extra money to get a proper-fitting, well-constructed shoe.

  • Guest

    I’m 27 with early onset arthritis in both knees, running kills! My knees get so swollen. I can do a bit with a brace but these days I just swim. I used to be able to run though, competed cross country running in school

    • Fadodo

      Read about pooling with oil, it does wonders for arthritis. Hope it helps

    • elks

      I was a runner as well. Started having problems with my knees in my mid 20’s. I had my first scope at 27. Total knee replacements at 45 (Left) & 50 (Right). Not every body is built for running. It seems that the structure of the knee in relation to the lower leg can be an indicator. I wish I had known my ortho when I was in my early 20’s. What he has taught me about bone structure could have saved me much pain. I now do interval training on a stationary bike an hour a day. It’s not as much fun as running but I get a great workout.

  • BrianS

    Wow, I cannot believe how out of context you are taking that study. The findings were for only one form of knee problem.

    As to the running coach saying, “We were all physically made to run.”

    Yes, but not on hard surfaces.

  • Chica

    Linda T. No not everyone can run. I had my left ankle fused and the doc told me, no running, no jumping. So what can i do?

    • bored

      I may sound ignorant but isn’t swimming usually the go to exercise?

      • GP

        Aquatic exercises = swimming

    • David

      See the above 2 posts Chica. You certainly should not run. Biking, circuit training on put-the-pin-in-weightstack type equipment, aquatic exercises, core work should be your primary forms of exercise.
      David PT ATC

    • Ramon

      Same problem here.

    • rightwingpatriot

      Old runners take up cycling so there you go

  • Liam

    What about people who are very, very overweight? Couldn’t that damage your knees and cause shin splints? I have a friend who started running before he lost enough weight and he has permanent shin splints. I’m 6’7 and 450 lbs. I don’t think running is good for everyone. Perhaps your article could take that into consideration before saying everyone should run.

    I want to run, that’s why I’m walking and lifting weights. I will run once I get below 300 lbs, perhaps closer to 250 lbs.

    This article is full of half truths.

    • David

      I think you’re on the right road Liam. I would also discourage you from running. Your knees and hips are getting alot of mechanical stress just w daily activities. Use biking and circuit training as your primary forms of exercise. Exercising in water will certainly be more comfortable and I would encourage you to investigate it, but it may not produce as much “bang for your buck” in terms of calorie expenditure as land based training.
      David PT ATC

    • Matt

      Liam, I’m 6’4 400 lbs, I find that the elliptical is working for me to get in to it. Now I do 3 mins walk 1 min jog on the treadmill. definitely not a “runner” but it’s a start.

    • MJ

      I’ve been running since weighing 367 pounds…. I am now 290, so while running is getting easier the lighter I get if you pace your self and stretch regularly through out your run, (I used to deep stretch every two to three miles) then running can be for “almost” everyone…. When I was 400 plus it was all I could do, but it was much more of a lighter jogging…so know your limits and slowly but consistently break them… And set new boundaries

    • Kyra Maryanne Irani

      Actually your friend probably didn’t start with walking as he should have and jumped straight into running. I run and I have shin splints there is no reason to complain, unless you have a medical condition

    • Lisa Rowlis

      Are you walking on a treadmill with an incline Liam? Just a suggestion to give you a bigger bang for your buck…..

  • MandyA

    I’ve had a hip replacement about 7 years ago now when I was 43 and have been under the impression that I shouldn’t run again after this. I am not over weight, still very active and fit and would only consider running on a treadmill now anyway. Does anyone have qualified advice here?

    • David

      Most Orthopedic surgeons would discourage you from running due to perceived excessive mechanical wear on the artificial joint components. The new hip only has so many “miles” built into it and the more you beat it up, the sooner it may wear out and require revision surgery. Consider biking, elipticals and aquatic exercise as your primary forms of aerobic exercise. Try a circuit training program on strength training equipment for a nice mix of cardio and strength training. Don’t forget core work. I like the physioball for that.
      David PT, ATC

  • Charlotte Marks

    Even when I was on my high school track team decades ago I loathed distance running. Bottom line, it hurts. Always has. I can walk all day, I love to Rollerblade, I swim incessantly, but I’ve never been able to run more than a quarter of a mile without pain.

  • Dan

    Running has always been the fastest way for me to lose weight. I can’t run anymore and I really miss it. Especially those days when I got in the “zone” which was always a freaky but magical experience. If you can run at all, do it.

  • Ricardo

    Just started back to running after a three year haitus! I thought it would be impossible after a knee surgery. But ,with encourage ment from friends relatives and even doctors, I am back! Following a low impact diet of walk jog walk and mixing this with gym workouts,swimming and biking!

  • david

    Good points overall but one thing I would like to point out: You said “The simplest way to see results from running? Stop looking at the scale”.

    Either you don’t understand how fat loss works or your trying to help people who don’t understand it. Either way, connecting running to fat loss is misleading.

    Fat loss is the consequence of a weekly caloric deficit, regardless of exercise choice. Cardiovascular fitness and fat loss are not measurable parallels.

    In accordance with physical attributes and activity level, you only need to measure your caloric intake to drop the pounds. Running for 20 minutes burns on average 250 calories, but 1 pound of fat is 3500 calories. Running 5 times per week = 1250 calories, that’s only 0.3 pounds.

    Bottom line, exercise is a great tool to aid in fat loss and raise your metabolism, but your shooting in the dark to think running = losing weight. If you really want to help people, tell them the truth! 🙂

  • SD

    There isn’t a correct way to run other than the way that works best for you. When we were kids we didn’t watch a video made by a shoe company telling us to land on our heel first, that just comes naturally to a lot of us. I’m a triathlete and in all the races I’ve been to, I’ve seen heel, mid foot and forefoot strikers. Running comes naturally so do what feels right and don’t let anyone tell you your way is “wrong”.

  • Rose

    Hiw old were you when you started?

  • GP

    Sure, this article may not be the most accurate but the author shouldn’t be bashed for trying to promote a healthier lifestyle. She means well and for those who are physically able to run and are just starting out, it is helpful. For those who cannot, I’m sorry this may not be the right place, but there is definitely information that can also be helpful for you.

    Just my little note 🙂

  • precinct13

    Pro-running view from – shock – a runner!

    Of course she’s going to poopoo all the anti running concerns. So how does she start – gait analysis! Quoting no references whatsoever, mind. There are multiple studies that show gait analysis to be little more than a sales pitch. You’re basically entrusting the medical prescription of corrective footwear to a disinterested school leaver who’s done a half day course.

    To claim anyone can run is downright dangerous. Very overweight people, for example, could do massive damage to joints and bones by running.

    Further, there is little need to perform long slow duration cardio at all for weight loss or general fitness. Interval and resistance training alone achieve better fitness results in less time. The only thing running does is make you a better runner.

    I should point out the exception here is, of course, interval or fartlek running, but I think it’s quite clear the author is championing extended, steady state running.

    • Troy Phillips

      I once trained for a marathon in my 30’s. I ran four runs 12/15/18/21 in 5 weeks then the marathon. Went from 188 to 165 (not changing diet). Your premise of long duration is useless is completely false. The best way to burn fat actually.

      • Tina Toburen

        That’s nice that it worked for YOU.
        Everyone is different.

        Try doing the same routine in your 50’s and see if you get the same results. I’d guess it would be a different story.

        I think walking and running are both very natural means of increasing the movement in our bodies, so I recommend it (for me). I aim to move more, increasing movement at a pace that’s comfortable and does not add any stress to my life.

        • Kyra Maryanne Irani

          My dads 60 and he still runs my grandfather is 97 and he still runs age doesn’t really matter as long as your mentally ready for the challenge ahead

          • Tina Toburen

            Kyra, that’s GREAT!!

            It sounds like your family has some great running genes. 🙂
            But everyone is unique.

            Saying that ONE thing is the best and will work for EVERYONE just isn’t true, and it has the potential to lead people into depression when they try something that’s “Guaranteed to work for everyone”… and it doesn’t work for them.

          • I dunno, there is a lot of unhelpful pedantry in the comments along the lines of ‘I don’t like running and some people can’t run because [obscure, irrelevant case], so this article is wrong and I’m right to be avoiding running’.

            Weight loss is overwhelmingly about nutrition, no-one is saying go for a 20 minute jog every day and you’ll get ripped. For the first fortnight or month it will hurt and be no fun. But it builds your endurance, it releases endorphins which feel good, if you run high intensity intervals it creates an oxygen debt which burns more calories throughout the following day, and it develops the relatively huge muscles in your legs which in turn boosts your metabolism. That’s on top of keeping you active, building up your heart and adding to your calorie deficit.

            It’s an overwhelmingly good thing to do, and I’m not sure concentrating on the maybe 2% of people it’s unsuitable for is at all helpful.

      • precinct13

        You are making the same mistake as the author, assuming that what’s good for her/you is good for everybody.

        Yes, under that sort of regime you will lose weight ,and place huge stress on your body. Fortunately you were young and fit enough to withstand it, many people aren’t.

        You’ve also misquoted me. I didn’t say long slow duration training is useless. I didn’t even say people shouldn’t do it, and for the record I also run occasionally.

        What I said is that it’s unnecessary, i.e. to those for whom running is not appropriate fitness and weight loss can be achieved without it.

        However interval training can achieve better weight loss and fitness results with shorter workouts. It can even improve steady state fitness, as evidenced by programmes such as “Couch to 5K” which help new runners to get to 5K by using a 9 week interval programme.

        Google interval running vs continuous running for a wealth of sources.

        • Troy Phillips

          Totally agree. I’m 51 – no interval training for me though! It looks painful…

          • precinct13

            Don’t confuse interval training with high intensity interval training (HIIT) or similar. Interval training is simply a byword for mixing short bursts of activity with active rest periods. HIIT is one type of interval training, for insane people.

  • ashley

    This article was very positive. I enjoyed it a lot. 🙂

  • bill

    Before everyone gets all riled up, you need to understand there is no such thing as an exercise article that applies to EVERYONE. Do a little research that addresses your own particular circumstance. You’ll find what is right for YOU. And don’t forget the diet part-that’s about 70% of the health equation. The PROPER amount of exercise, nutrition, and rest = healthy you.

    • Lisa Rowlis

      Well said Bill 🙂

    • Tyler Mueller

      This makes perfect since. The best advice I can give to an individual is that the best type of exercise is the one you will consistently do. Everybody is different, and that means some exercises will be harder for certain individuals to complete. These articles are just trying to give simple ideas to those seeking help, so if you don’t think you can complete this activity then find another article. There are tons of exercises out there you just need to find that one that fits you the most! Thanks Bill!

  • Pamela Renz

    What if your knees are already bad? Torn/frayed meniscus? Mal-tracking kneecaps? Yes I do exercises to strengthen the quads, but even when biking, by the 7th mile I am in pain. Running will just continue to destroy what was begun by one simple fall fourteen years ago.

  • Itachi

    basically what I’m doing now, 2 day work out at home and another 2 days of running then the other 3 I rest the body but also limit the eating to below 1600 cals 😛

  • David J. Ferrick

    I disagree, body weight plays a huge role in the ability to run. I had to walk and find ways to lose weight before I progressed into a running phase and even now I still have issues with the weight impacting my pain points such as knees and shins. I understand this article does not apply to everyone but certainly you can not imply that weight does not worsen the affects on the body when running.

    With that said, I am progressing quite well… just have to take it really slow in the beginning. One bad injury can halt the entire goal for someone to eventually start running. I know I’m sharing what most people already know.

  • The shoes might not be the problem. Then again, they might. Or, possibly, the problem might be partly caused by the shoes, and partly by the way you are going about running.

    Have you been ramping up your mileage by a lot? That could be the cause. For example, shin splints are an injury caused mostly by overuse – hitting the pavement in exactly the same way, over and over again, just like you do on every run. There is only so much your body can adapt to, if you don’t give it enough time.

  • Tyler Mueller

    These are myths that I hear from people all the time! The first one that running is bad for your knees doesn’t make much sense. For the most part I feel like most people would realize that running would strengthen the joints that are in your knees, but I think they like to use it as an excuse. The second one that stood out to me was that running makes you lose weight. Just like any exercise it will take time to see results from the running. That would be like going to the weight room one day and expecting to have muscle result from that one workout. Give it time, and become use to running so you can run a longer distance and you eventually will see these results. The last point that stood out to me was that I’m not skinny or young enough to start running. Anybody can run, the speed and distance you run on the other hand will vary depending on your age and weight. Running is a progression, and the only way to progress over time is to start running. Running is a good healthy exercise, individuals just need to get these myths out of their head and start running!

  • Very informative article, It shows a lot of facts and admiring content. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dr. Sunny Sharma

    Thanks for the information your post contains good collection of facts.

  • Good
    shoes are HUGE. I used to have pain in my shins all day every day
    because my shoes did support my high arches. Getting good shoes (and
    might I add, good insoles) has made a huge difference for me.

  • honest Glenn

    I am 73 yrs old@iwalk 3 miles everyday for about 3 months@have lost 1 pound.I would like too know if that is normal.I do watch my diet because i am a diabetic.Ialso have 2 knee replacements so i am unable too run.Could someone tell me how too lose 10 pounds?

  • The CORE Institute

    Running is so good for ones health, thank you for clearing up the myths.

  • Sarah

    As an amateur runner I looovee this!

  • AJ

    Great article!! Loved it! Amen sister!

  • tigeraid

    I’ve lost almost 100 lbs since last April, from 285 down to about 190 now. Diet was obviously the big thing, but jogging is what the majority of my workout was. Don’t underestimate jogging! Even ugly, awkward shuffling, with long periods of walking in between. My knees are bad too, but from day one I started, first with a 15 minute walk, then a half hour walk, then a 45 minute walk with occasionally spurts of jogging, eventually up to over an hour, with maybe 20 minutes total jogging. I still have knee pain from having to carry that weight for some many years, but now that there’s way LESS weight, the jogging comes easier.

    Running is awesome, I’m sure, but for people looking to actually lose a lot of weight, it’s a goal you may never be able to reach. But walking, fast walking and jogging all burn calories too.

  • Special K

    Most of the points in this article are oversimplifications. The phrase, “Get fit to run, don’t run to get fit,” is a stalwart among athletic trainers for a reason. Someone who is significantly overweight that runs to lose weight *will* likely wreck their knees. Additionally, running with bad form, usually due to strength deficiencies, can also lead to a host of knee problems. That is why the incidence of injury among runners is so high. Additionally, running is most certainly not one of the most effective ways to lose weight. First and foremost, you can’t out train a bad diet – how a person eats will account for 80% of their results. Secondly, if you’re looking to lose *fat* and not just weight, you’re better off engaging in training activities that create a significant amount of EPOC (“afterburn”), such as weight training, than you are just logging miles.