The hidden dangers of running and other cardio

Winter or summer, day or night, women or men – it seems that any time you peek out the window you see fitness enthusiasts running or jogging with their MP3 players on, hydration packs around their waists, reflective gear and total dedication on their faces.  Old or young – people are running towards a great goal – getting healthier and fitter.

Or are they?

The road to hell is said to be paved with good intentions.  For years, running was (and, unfortunately, still is) synonymous with fitness.  If you wanted to lose weight or commit to a healthier lifestyle – the first thing you did was grab a pair of running shoes and head outside.  You almost knew that to be fit you had to endure cold in winter and heat in summer, spend many hours each week waking up at five o’clock in the morning and slowly but surely trying to melt off those extra pounds.  The sense of achievement after running your first 1K, 5K, 10K (or simply thinking that, like in a famous Scotch ad, “someday you will”) felt great.

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