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Anonymous asked in SportsRunning · 3 months ago

Is it ok to go running for a few hours everyday? ?

Or is a rest day essential?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    It is good to run everyday because it is healthy and good exercise.

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  • 2 months ago

    you can run everyday, just make sure that one run per week is a recovery run, meaning that it is a slow jog and your body is able to recover from it.

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  • 2 months ago

    If you're Jim Walmsley, sure, go for it. Otherwise, you're gonna get hurt. If you do want to run every day, start out slower then add on slowly. I would advise at least one rest day, though, even if you are training fora marathon or ultra. 

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  • 3 months ago

    It's OK to run daily. But, running for hours each day is a lot. In my view, that's  overdoing it. It increases the risk of burnout. It increases the risk of injury.  

    If you want to run for hours several days a week, a rest day or two rest days a week are strongly recommended.  A  hard exercise session causes "microdamage" to your muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and so on. When you end an exercise session, the body starts to repair the microdamage. The result is your body becomes stronger. If you do not allow enough time for the body to repair, the damage accumulates, and burnout results.

    Also, doing a hard workout everyday can increase your risk of running out of stored energy.  A dietician showed us a graph of glycogen stores of someone who did a long run every day. On the first day, the runner began with energy stores topped off. A few days later, the runner began with less energy than at the end of the first day's run.

    I used to run 5 days a week, based on marathon training programs:  One long run, two medium runs, and two short runs.

    P.S. If you plan on running for hours, have an easy start and gradually train up to it.

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    3 months ago

    Some runners do run daily, but running for 'a few hours' daily isn't possible for most people and increases the chances of various injuries greatly (esp repetitive motion injuries). 

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    Rest is important to the body. That's when it re-energizes, repairs damage, and recovers from all the things we ask of it. See the source link for info on daily running. It seems running daily may be beneficial if some of the runs are very (e.g., 10 mins) short. 

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  • 3 months ago

    Running every day may have some health benefits.  But the same research also shows that these benefits top off at 4.5 hours a week, meaning there's no need to run for hours each day. Running is a high-impact exercise and overtraining can lead to injuries such as stress fractures and shin splints.

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