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Run Minimum Mile
Is there any reason female athletes should not take birth control? I am a female runner, I run minimum 50 miles a week. Will bc effect my performance?
Not a problem: Some women experience weight gain on certain forms of birth control, but there is nothing wrong with taking birth control in conjunction. Both are healthy decisions if you want to prevent pregnancy and stay physically fit. Be sure to use barrier contraception to prevent sexually transmitted infections. ...Read more
I actually dissent: Having run for forty years, i believe that running does not have to cause injury if there is no intenal pathology. I would start slow with a walk/ run combo. I would then gradually increase to 20-30 minutes running 3-5 times per week i think the duration or distance covered is more important than the speed. Oviously the speed will naturally increase with a training effect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exercise: Activities of stamina require regular practice and sometimes the advice of athletic trainers although with dieticians. At your age, especially if sedentary for a long time, go gradually into this realm but you should be able to succeed. ...Read more
Need more info: This is a complicated question which will require a lot more information to answer. When did you start running? How often do you run? What symptoms do you experience that limit you from running more than 2 miles? Do you have pain? Are you short of breath? Dizzy? Is time a factor? Is safety a factor? What kind of shoes are you wearing, if any? Need much more information to answer your question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes But: I used to do 7 miles 7 days per week. To protect your knees be sure you have good shoes and if possible run on a surface other than concrete. I now walk 5 miles an hour so maybe a good speed walk in good shoes? ...Read more
Running: Dear chinchilla, what is your goal? What kind of physical shape are you in? Are you trying to lose weight? The answer really depends on you. I know some people who are happy with jogging a couple of miles 3 or more times a week. I have known people who run 50 to 100 miles per week. I have known some people who often run 50 or more miles in one day. Think about what you want to achieve. But. ...Read more
Time more than: Miles. You should engage in at least 150 minutes/week of physical activity. As your condition improves, the number of miles will increase. Do not over do it. Increase the rigor of your activity gradually. ...Read more
About 175 miles !: Why not select a more moderate goal. Try setting goal for 1 up to max of 2 lbs per week average. Insure that calories burned > calories consumed. Drink at least 8 - 8 oz glasses of water /day. Aim for 8 hrs of sleep & at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit /day. Use whole grain when possible. Avoid soda, alcohol & junk carbs. Get mix of cardio & weight lifting exercises. ...Read more
Gradual: Don't overdue your training too fast and risk injury or burnout. I would get to 6 miles and then walk and run the next mile. Do so for a few days and then do the same as you add more miles. Don't get frustrated. The body is quickly adaptive. Also helps to run with other people who can help push you further. ...Read more
Running: You will expend more calories and use a wider array of muscles from running 5 miles per day then cycling 10 miles. Of course running is harder on the joints and is more likely to get you to needing an orthopedic surgeon later in life. All exercise should be done thoughtfully and carefully. Also consider the differences if your goal is not condition but weight loss. ...Read more
Is it fine to run 2-3 miles a day, everyday? With new studies coming out about long duration running being harmful to some degree, what's the census?
How do you feel?: Running 2-3 miles daily is not excessive if you vary your pace, take days off, and don't run when you are in pain. However, as you are indicating, running is a great exercise but with a higher risk than many of problems related to the way one runs and the generally high impact. Mixing up your routine between running and walking and cross training can reduce chances of injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
20mi day??!!: I've run many marathons. A marathon is ~26.21 mi. So you run 2/3 a marathon/day. Its not possible! As a runner, I know that the distance run each day is always miscalculated. Drive it in your car. If 20mi its too much. Heathy = 6-8mi daily 5d/week, +1 long run start low and work up so start at 10 incr to 15max 1 REST day/week to marathon train.For gen exercise 5mi/day =enough! Your hips will go! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It will help a lot: A combo of aerobic (cardiovascular) +weight bearing (build muscles) exercises along with proper/balanced diet is probably the best, but some is better than nothing. 4 miles/day=awesome. Minimize sodas, juices, pizza, donuts, brownies, cookies, truffles, ice cream, lattes, beers/liquor, and the evil of chips... So, be sensible. Keep on running and stay healthy. Don't forget to sleep well. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can set goals: By either minutes or miles. Either way is fine. ...Read more
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