Overcoming Excuses - Why everyone can become a runner

Overcoming Excuses - Why everyone can become a runner

Think you’re genetically not designed to be a runner? Don’t have time or worried that running won’t match your goal or interfere with other training methods? Ever occurred to you that these are just excuses? If you want to become a runner, you will become runner. That’s why we’re here to help you overcome all obstacles and prove the only thing holding you back is yourself.

Excuse #1: I can’t run

Running is a natural human movement – if not the most original one of all. We’re bipedal creatures and therefore made to run. It is not without reason that anthropologists and medical professionals call human beings “running machines”. About 70% of our muscles are being trained while running – this cannot be achieved with any other motion sequence. While our ancestors used to run miles and miles, most of us spend our days sitting at desks. Time to change that and take it back to the roots.

Excuse #2: I don’t have time

A week has 168 hours. If you sleep and work for eight hours a day each, that leaves you with 64 hours for other activities. Taking 30 minutes for your training is using only 2% of your day. Sounds like a good investment. If you plan your week in advance, getting your training into your schedule three to four times won’t be a problem, especially as some of the shorter Freeletics Running workouts can be completed in about 20 minutes or less. Try doing one after work and avoid the usual traffic on the way home. If you can, use your lunch break for a run and eat a prepped meal afterwards. Or get up a little earlier and get in some morning miles.

Excuse #3: I’ll lose my muscle mass

Isn’t running counterproductive when it comes to building muscle? This depends on what kind of muscle fibres are trained, which in turn depends on intensity and duration. For example, sprinting stimulates muscle growth, as explosive movements at peak performance encourage the release of growth hormones and place extreme demands on muscle fibres, increasing muscle volume. Although endurance runs of over 5km place demands upon red muscle fibres, this won’t cause too much muscle reduction if sufficient alternative energy sources are available. The most important factor in building muscle is always a balanced diet that is rich in all necessary nutrients. Plus, isn’t physical fitness and all-round athletic performance more important than a few extra kilos of muscle mass? We think so.

Excuse #4: It’s dangerous

Doesn’t regular running risk damaging the joints? Actually, it’s no running that risks damaging the joints. Even joints need to be trained to get better and stronger. Regular training is the only way the joints can learn to produce more synovial fluid and improve blood flow. So if you’ve experienced joint pain before, there’s no need to worry about damage as a result of running training. Just make sure you take it easy in the beginning and consciously pay attention to your movements and technique - the more natural the movement feels, the better.