What are the disadvantages of running?

Running has advantages and disadvantages. If your body can endure the impact then go for it. However, be sure to practice active flexibility. Part of the reason running is so tough is people do not stretch enough. They believe that they will be able to warm up in the first few minutes. This at times holds to be true but your body needs more of a dynamic warm-up prior to exercise of such high impact. Also, be sure to cool down, walking is not enough. Stretch, stretch, stretch! Your calves have just taken a beating so stretch. Your quadriceps and hip flexors also need to be put back into place!


  • Impact on ankles, knees, hips, and lower back
  • More prone to injury without proper form and stretching

These are your main disadvantages. Again, with supportive shoes and proper flexibility before and after, you should be able to be successful.

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