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Is High-Impact Exercise Bad for Me?

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Have you ever been told that running, jumping, bounding, skipping or galloping is bad for your joints because it’s high impact?

What if I told you this wasn’t a full truth? What if I told you that it’s just like the myths that ‘fat is bad for you’ and ‘carbohydrates are bad for you?’

‘High-impact’ training, which is difficult to define in the first place, basically got a bad rep in the 1990’s and like fat, the myth just doesn’t want to seem to die out already.

At the time it was thought that high impact activities created too much ‘wear and tear’ on the joint, leading to a belief that it might also be leading to arthritis.


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The S.A.I.D. Principle

When playing soccer with a client a while back, they turned to me and asked, “why is this so tiring?”

Now this is someone who I would consider pretty fit, especially his level of conditioning, but I had to think about it for a minute.

Wait a second, most of this guy’s conditioning was being done on the bike and the odd time the treadmill.

The revelation took me back to my school days and a useful principle I learned in school, called The S.A.I.D Principle.

That is a principle in Exercise Physiology that states there are Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands for any human being, and it applies to weight loss too. Continue reading The S.A.I.D. Principle

Are you Running or Training?

I’ve been curious for years about this, ever since I was an 8 year old kid running laps around the soccer field for practice.

Can anyone honestly tell me, since when did running become ‘working out?’

Why do we relate running, swimming, rowing or cycling to ‘working out?’

I hate to point out the obvious here but it’s a sport, like any other. Yet, somewhere along the line we’ve twisted its meaning to be synonymous with ‘working out’.

It’s running, it’s an athletic endeavour, just like playing basketball or tennis is. In the same way a basketball player plays basketball to get better at basketball you run to get better at running. It may be slightly less complicated a sport than many, but there are many simple sports out there.

You may also participate in it for fun, but if you’re training then the objective should be to get better; no?

We don’t say we’re going for a workout, time to throw the javelin around,  or its time we went to the gym to do some triple jump. Do we?

Yet I’ve met incredibly fit individuals who play both of those sports.

I want clear up this misconception.

Training (AKA Working Out) is actually the complement, training has a plan, a progression that makes you stronger, more powerful, leaner, capable of lasting longer, faster, more agile, more accurate, more stable, more mobile, or better at other ‘skills,’ like those that I just listed. This includes lifting weights and using your body-weight, in manipulated fashion to achieve the desired outcome. Which is typically performance, weight-loss, or weight maintenance.

Working out (Training) should be the 2-6 times a week — with some weeks off here and there — you spend in the gym or on the field working on movement skills and fundamentals, not the sport itself. It is how we make ourselves better at our sport. Developing those skills is an effort to make you a better runner, or a better football player, or a better tennis player, or etc…etc…

In other words get ‘fit’ so you can run, jog, cycle or row more effectively and not the other way around.

So please, if you’re heading to the gym today for a run, if you want that run to yield results, aim to improve something, anything, just a little bit each time.