1. Diana D. Palko

    Nice post. Really nice website too. i have found your website very relevant from the selection of runner shoes don to my fitness. you are doing a very nice job here.

    • Hi Diana,
      I think other than overusing tired muscles, another big cause of runner’s injury is having the wrong shoe wear. I’m glad that this post helped you understand what the right shoe is for you. Happy running.

  2. Ruth S. Stricklin

    Really a nice post. About the story of Palmer, i think that means CrossFit can cause kidney failure. this explains why a friend spent a long time in the hospital.

    • As I said, research links popularity of the high intensity resistance training to ’20-fold’ spike in hospital admissions.
      CrossFit has been linked to a breakdown of muscle tissue called Rhabdomyolysis. This causes a damaging protein, myoglobin, to be released into the bloodstream.
      This can cause kidney failure like the type that happened to Palmer. The best advice as always is too listen to your body. Your body will always tell you when it’s under unreasonable stress. It’s up to you to STOP before the stress results in an injury such as kidney damage.

  3. Your post is so motivating it tempts me to get my butt outdoors and start running today, I have considered starting to run, but afraid at my age of 59 years old it might be too much for my body to withstand.

    I do find crossfit training interesting, I do exercise daily with a little weight lifting and cardio.

    So how would a man my age get started to start running without harming themself, I am not sure that is even possible?

    • Hi Jeff,

      Running is a great way to stay in shape, but running does put high levels of repetitive stress on the back and it affects the overall length of the spine. Some medical people have even gone as far as to describe running as ” a series of crashes”. The most common type of pain is muscular pain and strain and the pain comes as an ache that generally materializes in the lower back muscles before, during, or after running but it doesn’t go to the buttocks or legs. In short, people who have experienced back pain or haven’t ran in a while my want to commit themselves to an alternative like “running in water”. The buoyancy of water will put less pressure on the joints and spine, but give you the same benefit of running on land. One can also commit to a walking regimen. Walking doesn’t put any load on your spine, and with the right shoes you can get a good work out that will strengthen your heart.

      So to answer your question, Jeff, I wouldn’t start with running if you have experienced any kind of back pain. I would seek an alternative. Thanks for checking in.



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