Too Much Of a Good Thing
Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) leaned back in his therapy-room chair, and told me …
“Thank God for pizza eaters and joggers. They keep us reflex therapists in business.”
Doug McGuff, M.D., & John Little (Body by Science: A Research Based Program to Get the Results You Want in 12 Minutes a Week, 2009) wrote …
“Studies have documented that 60 percent of runners are injured in an average year, with one running injury occurring for every one hundred hours of performance.
“The damage caused by running will often manifest after a period of fifteen to twenty years of performing the activity, such as when runners who started in early adulthood reach the age of forty or fifty and find that they are no longer able to climb a flight of stairs without their knees aching; or they experience difficulty in lifting their arms above their head level because of osteophytes (bone spurs) that have formed in the shoulder joint; or they can’t turn or bend anymore because of chronic lower-back pain. These are progressive conditions, rather than immediate ones, and are consequences of inappropriate activities and activity levels that are chronically catabolic and are performed far too frequently to allow an anabolic state to manifest.”
According to the same source …
“The scientific literature is filled with data that strongly make the case that long-distance runners are much more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, atrial fibrillation, cancer, liver and gallbladder disorders, muscle damage, kidney dysfunction (renal abnormalities), acute microthrombosis in the vascular system, brain damage, spinal degeneration, and germ-cell cancers than are their less active counterparts.”
According to Adano …
“Any exercise requiring repetition plus torque can precipitate disease by muscle striation, leading to a mineral imbalance.”
That’s not to say you should be a total couch potato or couch tomato.
Adano was in favor of explosive short-distance running …
“Sprinting is good for your kidneys. Run like someone’s chasing you.”
There are always exceptions to the rule — like Fauja Singh — when it comes to marathon running.
Check him out on YouTube.
According to “Turbaned Tornado: 104-year-old runner Fauja Singh is India’s pride,” Nov. 23, 2015 …
“At an unimaginable age of 100, Fauja Singh has world records of running various marathons.”
But, as far as I know, he doesn’t indulge in pizza.