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Know About Your Health Before Getting Onto the Track

By Mark D Subscribe to RSS | December 27th 2011 | Views:
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Distance running can be best explained as a popular form of exercise that can save as well as kill. There are people who are unhealthy since they don't exercise, at the same time there are people who lost their health or even life due to continuous exercise. Remember the three men who died of heart attacks last 2007 while competing in different running races? When I was doing a channel jump on my Dish TV I tuned into a sports channel that was broadcasting a marathon running event towards Virginia Beach from the state park, VA. Though running is a very good exercise, I was actually thinking about the fact that, "Why long distance running is not advised for most of the people and why some athletes totally neglect it?" This article will hopefully reveal the answer.

Running is already becoming an unavoidable exercise in the process of body building or weight losing. However, there are a few very important things that have to be considered before one decides to join in on all the fun. Running, like any other exercise, has to be approved by a doctor first. Those who have a personal physician may consult their doctors on the kind of exercise methods they are suited to before starting one. One must be examined thoroughly before getting onto the track for fun or for a trophy. This is to ensure that the exercise will not aggravate existing heart conditions. For those who think they are fit and healthy, it's nothing embarrassing to undergo these tests since that will endorse your belief. Feeling fit and knowing you are actually fit are not exactly the same.

One of them in particular, Mike Banner, was said to be unaware that he had a very rare heart condition. This caused his arteries to get clogged during the race, leading to the heart attack. Another one, Ryan Shay, died at 28 while running the U.S. men's marathon Olympic Trials had an enlarged heart. However, he knew about his condition and used it to his advantage. Unfortunately, this advantage was what ultimately turned on him and led to his early death. These are simply a few of the examples. Measures have also been taken to remind runners to drink while running. A substantial number of runners, however, are not really keen on guzzling down water while on the run. And who can blame them? After all, it breaks the concentration. And when in a race to the finish line, drinking water may not exactly be the first thought that most athletes find themselves entertaining.

However, information from the USATF states that a person must take his/ her weight before and after a workout and the resulting difference between the two is that person's "sweat rate." Since the standard practice is to drink sixteen ounces of fluid for each pound one has lost, knowing one's sweat rate allows a person to determine it to a per hour or perhaps a per mile rate and plan the fluid intake accordingly.

This way, athletes can also avoid succumbing to hypotremia, a condition that is basically the exact opposite of suffering from dehydration. Meaning, one is over hydrated. This happens when athletes, after a long race without drink or fluid, fiercely guzzle down water. It is an extremely bad habit. The body, specifically the kidney, is not made to withstand the consumption of huge volumes of water at just one time. There has to be intervals. Otherwise, water intoxication happens or what is commonly termed by doctors as hypotremia occurs. This is why it is important to start an exercise regimen that is recommended by a doctor. It makes sense to seek the medical opinion of a physician before doing anything that involves one's body.

To conclude with, most of us are not aware that the unhealthy practices will result in serious physical damages since we out our health and life in risk by working out something that does not suit our body. It is very important to go through all required medical check-ups before getting ourselves involved in exercises like distance running. That way, one is sure to be healthy and fit. After all, it is not enough that one feels healthy. One must know it too.

Mark D - About Author:
Being a freelance writer and active blogger, I love to share my thoughts with rest of the world. Watching running races on my Dish TV has become a new way to spend my free times. Though running is a good exercise, I strongly suggest you to consult with your physician before fixing up the distance or getting on to the track.

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