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Is Running Every Day Healthy or Harmful?

This Streaker Needs a Break, Not an Outfit

When I say that Jennifer Aniston is somewhat of a streaker, it's not what you think. Although also used to describe a person who runs naked in public (I can't help but think of Will Ferrell in Old School), the word streaker is also used to describe a certain type of runner: one who runs seven days of the week, without missing a single day. Jennifer recently declared, "[I] run, work out every day. I do a lot of running — exercise is so important." It's unclear though if she runs every day, but if she does, Jen is a streaker.

As of today, Mark Covert of Lancaster, CA, holds the longest running streak, running at least one mile every day since July 23, 1968. He explained to the Washington Post,

"I've trained through illness and injury, run plenty of times when I shouldn't have. I ran on the days my parents passed away and I've run when every one of my four kids was born. I still look forward to running every day, although the trees go by more slowly now."

I'm by no means advocating that you become a streaker of either sort. While I agree that moderate physical activity every day is good for your body and your mind, doing the same type of activity, whether it be running, biking, swimming, or whatever, isn't a good idea for your muscles or joints. Constantly using the same parts of your body in the same way could be your first class ticket to a repetitive stress injury. Not only will that end your streak, but it could put exercise on hold completely. If working out every single day feels good to you, go for it. Just be sure to incorporate different types of exercise that work all the parts of your body. You'll not only prevent injury, but you'll also become stronger overall.

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