Last week, I discussed why exercise needs to be prescribed like medicine is prescribed, according to the specific needs of each individual. This is why it makes no sense to tell everyone who wants to lose weight to get on a treadmill or go outside and start running.
In fact, I’ve never endorsed long-distance running for exercise, even though a myth exists that running is good for the heart and the best way to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.
You may have heard the phrase “runner’s high,” a feeling of invincibility that helps runners overcome and ignore pain and lose sense of time. Runners have certainly heard of this.
However, new research has introduced the concept of runner’s plaque – coronary artery plaque – which can be caused by running long distances for a number of years, according to a study conducted by the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.