In high school I was afraid to join the track team because I believed the rumor that running gave you big thighs. Thankfully a good friend busted that myth or else I would have missed out on years of happy runs. Before you swear off running for one reason or another, allow me to bust some common myths for you.
Running on an Elliptical Is Good For Your Knees
Using an elliptical means less jarring impact on your body since you're not pounding the surface with each step, but your legs are still going through the same motions no matter what you run on. So if you suffer from knee pain when running, an elliptical isn't a surefire solution. Try out an elliptical at a gym before splurging on one to use at home. If it still hurts your knees, try running in water or doing another form of cardio that's easy on the joints.
Running Hills With Give You a Huge Butt
When trekking up hills, you'll definitely feel a strong burn in your buns, but that doesn't mean you'll become overly expansive in the trunk. Running hills will actually tighten a saggy tush, so you'll tone and sculpt your glutes without making them bulge.
Continue reading to learn a couple more truths about running.
If You Don't Sweat, You're Not Getting a Good Workout
Perspiration is an indication that your body is hot and has nothing to do with how good a workout you're getting. In the Summer, I can walk to my mailbox and be drenched in sweat, but that doesn't mean I had an amazing workout. Likewise, in 30-degree weather, I could run for an hour and come home completely dry. Don't monitor the intensity of a workout by how wet your clothes get — just focus on your heart rate and how you feel.
Stretching Before a Run Will Prevent Sore Muscles
On the contrary, stretching muscles that are tight and not properly warmed up is a pulled muscle waiting to happen. Instead do some brisk walking or slow running for five minutes before you stretch or start your real workout. And always make sure to stretch afterward.