It is ok to hate running.
In fact, many people dislike running. They often admit this in a way that suggests they believe they should like it, but don’t, and wish they did.
Running is an extremely popular activity. There are folks out there who love to run. It can certainly produce a boost of endorphins, often called a “runner’s high.”
However, running is also pretty tough on the body. It puts stress on joints, aggravates existing movement compensations and often leads to injuries.
If you hate running, there is no reason to do it. Instead, perhaps try simply walking. I’ve never met anyone who told me they “hate” walking.
Walking is as natural a thing as breathing. It is one of the earliest skills we learn and is something that we often take for granted, as we use it all the time.
Here are four reasons walking is one of the best forms of exercise.
- Walking is far better for your body than running. It is a movement your body was made to do, and it puts one at much, much less risk of injury.
- If you suffer from chronic pain due to tight hips, a tight lower back or other issues related to sitting a lot, walking usually helps.
- Walking relieves stress and requires nothing but shoes and ground (or a treadmill.)
- It is an activity that is extremely effective for weight loss. In fact, simply increasing the amount of walking you do each day can be a fast track to becoming more fit.
Walking doesn’t get enough credit in the fitness world. It is often overshadowed by higher intensity, higher impact activities such as running, circuit training, HIIT, etc.
While those activities can certainly be effective and have benefits, don’t overlook the power of walking and the impact it has on health and fitness, both mental and physical.
Combine daily walking with strength training 2-3 times per week and regular mobility work such as stretching, foam rolling and/or yoga. There you have the perfect combo for a body that feels good and moves well. It’s a routine you can maintain for life.