Hungry Runner

Experts weigh in on some of the biggest myths about health and fitness.

Myth: Running is bad for your knees.

"Running has long been thought to cause damage to the knees from all the pounding you experience with each foot strike,” says Jason Fitzgerald, a 2:39 marathoner and the founder of Strength Running. “But in the past decade, multiple studies have shown that long-time runners have no increased risk of knee damage. And those with a history of knee arthritis don’t have much of a history with running! In fact, running can even be healthy for the knee, promoting cartilage repair in the knee. Of course, we’re talking about moderate running here—if you’re running marathons or workouts at 6:00 mile pace or faster, you could be increasing your risk of knee arthritis.”

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Any serious athlete knows that rest, recovery, and periodization (smartly modifying intensity based on goals, performance, and ability) are absolutely crucial to optimal performance (aka kicking ass).

There is a massive trend in the fitness industry to glorify exercise as an all-out war on the body. I call it the militarization of fitness—all the boot camps, Marine-inspired workouts, ridiculously intense body building routines, and general glorification of pain. Even our recovery and regeneration techniques are prioritized by how painful they are. (Got a knot in your hip flexor? Go roll that sh!t with a baseball!)

This trend is a symptom of a much larger disease. We live in a culture obsessed with aggression, and it has found its way into every facet of our lives, even our workouts.

3. Readjust your mindset.
Don’t think of certain foods as “healthy” or “unhealthy,” evaluate them by their nutritional value instead; part of developing a healthy relationship with food means not thinking of a food that’s less nutritious as “bad,” but rather, just not the best choice. It’s OK to treat yourself to foods like cookies, cake, chips or ice cream sometimes, but it’s also important to make sure that you don’t ever feel badly about eating them. If you eat nutritiously for the majority of the time, a few treats here or there won’t negatively affect your health or fitness.

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Hey Hungry Readers!

I’m sharing this here because this was something I really struggled with while I was away at school. Before I went to college I didn’t have clue about nutrition and I went in thinking that I could eat whatever I wanted while still maintaining my fitness— I was a competitive swimmer in high school but did not swim in college.

I was no longer working out and eating pretty poorly (even though I thought I was eating well), and even after I started making a habit of going to the gym, it took it me a really long time to realize that the problem was my diet. 

I made a lot of the mistakes that Dr. Young points out in this article (which I wrote, just FYI) and I hope that these tips might help any soon-to-be freshman avoid them!

In April 2013 I broke up with my scale. It wasn’t a forever break-up, but we just needed some distance from one another…. 


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