(Closed) "Why Women Shouldn't Run"

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I agree with the article. My runner friends aren’t in fantastic shape. I don’t run but I sprint. Seems more natural to me.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I do elliptical and freeweights… works well for me.

Is the article about how our knees can get damaged more easily in the week before we menstruate? Luckily elliptical is low-impact, and I also tend to exercise less during that week since I don’t tend to feel my best.

I never liked running on pavement because I find the impact too jarring, and I don’t want to be huffing down exhaust fumes. I enjoy hiking in the wilderness a LOT, but donlt have the luxury of having the wilderness at my doorstep.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

@Treejewel19:  Oh! I don’t do calorie restriction or do, you know, a heck of a lot of cardio (I’m just trying to stay healthy and get a bit fitter, doing smth I enjoy), so it works for me, but I can see why it woud have its limits if someone was radically trying to change their shape. I guess it depends what you want out of it.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think the article gets picked apart in its comments.  I think the real message would be to not do cardio too much, and/or not at the correct heartrate.

Don’t look to cardio only to “lose weight”; you want to lose bodyfat.  I’ve lost bodyfat while training for even a 5K, and I’ve gained bodyfat while training for full marathons.  My body seems happiest when I’m training for half marathons.  Want to know the difference besides the distances?  For the shorter distances I was also doing a weekly yoga workout, a dance workout, and sometimes a couple bike workouts (depending on the week).

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

This is the worst kind of fitness article, because it provides absolutely no specifics whatsoever. It links to a bunch of studies (that often contradict one another) and then talks about the “science” of the subject without actually talking about the science in practice. The article is, on its face, really dumb. From just anecdotal evidence one knows its conclusion is false. Have you ever looked at a cross country runner? Are they extremely fat? No, not even close. But one doesn’t need anecdotal evidence to confirm the suspicion that lots of running does, in fact, make you lose weight. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/14/weight-loss-exercise-what_n_2302392.html

Yup, looks like running works. Now, the article might have a point – running is much better in moderation. But this article isn’t making this point, and even if it was trying to it is not making it responsibly. I will try to find the article (I hate to be the person who says “There is a study that found . . . but I am going to be that guy), but there have been several studies done on runners bodies and hearts. What researchers found is that in generally, running is insanely good for your heart. Like… you live 10 years longer kind of good. But, if you run more than 20 miles a week, it is actually net negative for your heart. However, they found that the damage done by this kind of running can be reversed rather quickly (so don’t freak out too much running buffs). Saying things like “Running decreases T-3 production” so women “CUT THAT SHIT OUT” is dumb. How much does your T-3 production decrease? How does that compare with the calories you are losing? You might start to burn less fat… because you have less fat. Less T-3 might mean you lose “health,” but how does that compare with the health benefits of running? Do people have longer or shorter life spans?

Sorry to rain on the parade a little bit… but I read a fair amount of fitness stuff and these are the articles that make me annoyed. Same with people advocated for shit like the Paleo diet by piecing together a bunch of studies and random facts about “grains” being “bad for you” (how much grains, what kind of grains, etc? Questions that are not answered). Running in moderation is good for you. When I mean moderation I mean running a lot, because most people would not consider 15 miles a week moderation. So, no, women should not stop running. It’s good for you, you will live longer, and you will feel great because you are in shape. Don’t run a marathon every week, but yea you will lose weight and your body with thank you.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

strange– I JUST started running… are there are bees out there who run and would argue they’ve lost weight and inches by doing so!?

I hate running, so I’d be happy to switch to something else to lose inches for this wedding!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Treejewel19:  i love running and i think id be way less in shape if i didnt run, but i also do a lot of other workouts too – pump class , weights, cardio, sprints etc, i actually really enjoy it. my friends dont get it and couldnt understand why i got up at 6.30 the morning of my wedding to go for a run….haha!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Running is definately good for you!! I love it, because you get to a point where you feel like you’re pushing yourself, and when you finally have to stop to catch your breath you feel so alive. Yep,  sounds lame… but running is soooooo good for you!

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Can’t say I’ve seen too many chubby runners. I lost 50 lbs (and kept it off, so far) by doing nothing but running on the elliptical and treadmill. I don’t do it excessively though, maybe 3-5 times a week for no more than 30 minutes at a time. I did weight train for a while, but I didn’t like what it did to my body. I know they say women don’t “bulk up”, but I sure felt like I did!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Treejewel19:  Do you know anyone who is capable of “STATIC running (ie; running straight for 20 miles)”, who is overweight?

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