I’ve had this fear for a while now but something I read today reminded me of it, and I wanted to share to see if any others share this fear.
So I was scrolling through Twitter and found this article called “8 Health Swaps That Aren’t Really Better For You.” I clicked it and found the usual stuff (egg whites vs. eggs, low fat vs. full fat, etc.). Then I read the last one:
Hardcore runners—those who pound pavement at a moderate or fast pace for more than four hours a week—die at rates on par with people who don’t exercise at all, the same study reports. Too much strenuous physical activity (and pretty much all running is strenuous) can cause unhealthy changes to your heart, the study authors say.
I’ve seen this in various places before and bloggers and runners have discussed it. I won’t be stopping my training for half marathons and marathons anytime soon, but what I AM nervous about is this whole heart health thing.
We’ve all read numerous accounts of people having heart attacks or just dropping dead during races. People who were seemingly healthy. THAT is what scares me. Because how do I know if my heart is truly healthy? How does anyone know unless you go get your heart tested?
SIDE NOTE: My brother had to get a cardiology stress test done and I was there to observe – that test is hardcore! You’re running on 12% incline until your heart reaches a certain BPM. And you have to hold onto the treadmill, you can’t run normally. Yikes.
Anyway, I just find it odd that this type of testing is not somethind done at physicals ESPECIALLY for student athletes. I know the cost-aspect of it, but all in all, it just makes me nervous.
Then you read these studies claiming running causes unhealthy changes to your heart…so how will I ever know?
So that’s that. Just something I wanted to share with you all and get your opinions on.
What do you think of these study claims?
Do you have any fears relating to exercise or running?
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