OH! Magazine - Australian Version April 2016 - Page 18

( Men’s Health ) WHY RUNNING IS THE BEST INVENTION SINCE SLICED BREAD! MIKE CAMPBELL Mike Campbell explains all you need to know about running. ver since multi-gold medal winning athletics coach Arthur Lydiard popularised the activity of jogging for health benefits, running has been the goto exercise of choice for millions across the globe. Prior to this, running was typically reserved for athletes. However, since the early 1960s ‘going for a run’ has been a cornerstone of the health and fitness industry. Essentially, the who can be anyone who has adequate biomechanics to run, and is complementing that suitability with time in the gym. If you don’t fall into this, then you need to start strength training and possibly STOP running in the mean time, just until you are strong enough to handle it. place on your body before proceeding. If you find that running will deliver more mental/emotional stress than stressrelieving benefits, then you should consider a more low intensity (i.e., less physically demanding) way to de-stress. Or, try and reduce the stress in your life, so running can be the reliever you want it to be. WHY should we run? WHEN should we run? So who should run, and why, when and how should we do it? For many people, running is the be-all-andend-all of exercise options. It long believed that running (or ‘cardio’) was the only way to drop fat and because it’s such a common goal, running quickly became an exercise of choice for people with that goal. However, we now know that there are many factors that play a part in fat loss and having a healthy body composition. This said, running can be of instrumental benefit to any training program that is designed for fat loss, and given you meet the above ‘who’ criteria, then absolutely consider including regular running into your training as a method to become and remain lean. The correct answer here, is very much dependant on the individual; however, for most people (who should run), clocking up incidental movement (energy output) in the form of jogging can be hugely beneficial. This can be a daily thing, however, when we’re looking at more purposefully fitness and targeted fat loss goals, you might want to aim for two to three runs a week, tied in with your workouts at the gym. E We need to ask these questions because running is an activity that – like any activity – carries risks and benefits. Therefore, in order to ensure you can actually receive the benefits from running, you must first work out how to ensure the benefits will outweigh the risks. WHO should run? I start with who, because not everyone who throws on a pair of ‘joggers’ should actually hit the pavement. Think about the number of repetitions each leg has over 20km, or 10km or even 3km? For many, there is a biomechanical need to ensure the structures of the feet, ankles, knees, hips and spine (i.e., a lot of your skeleton) won’t lead to the slow or rapid, degradation of the working joints. The approach is to complement your running with the appropriate strength training that will encourage adequate strength and stability in these joints, and the muscles that work with them. 18 APRIL 2016 ( OH! MAGAZINE ) The benefits We all know running benefits the cardiovascular system, which plays a huge role in overall health and general fitness to help you accommodate life’s various demands. Another highly sought-after running benefit is stress relief. For many, clocking some kilometres is a brilliant way to de-stress and unwind the mind. This can’t be underrated; however, it should be approached from a risk versus benefit ratio, so you take into account the amount of (potential) physical stress this activity will If you’re running for stress relief, then just make sure you really enjoy it. Make sure it’s not too much for too long, or it may end up becoming an extr a stressor on your body (even though it might not feel like it). Like all things related to exercise and health, there is no one-size-fits-all answer; it depends on you your body, and your situation. By following this guide, you’ll ensure your running is actually benefiting you in both the short and long term. YOU CAN CONTACT MIKE VIA: Web: mikecampbell.com.au Facebook: mikecampbellmancoach Twitter: @mcampbell2012 Instagram: @mcampbell2014 http://mikecampbell.com.au mikecampbell.com.au `