This question came through Instagram: Why does running suck?
My buddy Big Neil and I touched on it in our podcast The Big Freakin’ Health Coach Podcast, and I thought it deserved more consideration and explanation.
Before diving into the scientific reasoning behind running difficulty, we have to make a few assumptions. I’m not approaching the answer to this question to include interval running or sprints.
In the context of this question I am assuming that the type of running in question is long duration running - AKA jogging. Jogging is often understood to be a low intensity steady state (LISS) form of cardio, lasting 20-60 minutes for the average person.
As someone who does NOT run for fun, here are my thoughts on running, and why so many people think it sucks.
In a world where complexity is regarded as superior, the most effective fitness practices are overlooked, undervalued, and flat out ignored due to one simple characteristic - SIMPLICITY.
Not deemed flashy or difficult enough, the mainstays of strength and conditioning have found no popularity in gyms or on social media accounts featuring 8-packs and glutes that break the internet.
I'm laying out the 3 most undervalued aspects in all of exercise, nutrition, and stress management. These are effective for every level of exerciser, from beginner to professional athlete.
As you read on, please enjoy that incredible moment of simultaneous "Well, duh" and "Wait, why aren't I doing that?"
This is the end of the saga. Thoughts From Quarantine has covered everything you need to succeed with your health and fitness while self isolating.
The last piece of advice is about managing problems as they arise. Some are solvable, some you can only manage.
Here's how to tell which is which and what to do about them to keep your wits.
This week we cover a few topics on a lot of people's minds:
- progressing bodyweight workouts
- finding exercise equipment
- separating work from home when they happen in the same place
Roll up your sleeves, all these topics require a little work.
This week's edition of Thoughts From Quarantine deals with something I've been having trouble with more and more each week: focus management.
It's easy to say we aren't productive right now due to poor time management. However, if you look closely you realize that you have plenty of time, you just can't focus during the time you have.
I've got 3 strategies to manage your focus while the whole world is still and full of distractions.
This isn't just an article, it's a tiny giveaway. No email or subscription necessary.
This is the tool I use to plan and stick to nutrition programs for myself and the same process I give to my clients.
It's designed to be very simple, easily repeatable, and flexible so you can remain consistent.
We are into week two of self-isolation. Here in Washington State, the Governor officially ordered that everyone stay inside unless it is absolutely essential to go out. Even then, we must stay a minimum of 6 feet away from each other.
This leads me to Thoughts from Quarantine 2: Solitary Confinement. I have a few realizations from last week and some new ideas for us Washingtonians who are now in a new level of lock-down.
They truly don't do it on purpose. However, some of the people who love you the most will be the same people who tempt you to abandon your goals.
It's grandmas who "know this pie is your favorite so I made it just for you." It's friends who tell you "you're not in bad shape, don't worry about it." Or, "we never see you anymore. You spend too much time at the gym."
They want to do nice things for you, spend time with you, and make you feel good about yourself. It's wonderful to know that you are loved, fun, and should feel amazing about who you are. In addition to all that, you can still have goals.
Here's how to manage your friends and family as they inadvertently try to sabotage your progress with all that love.
Articles filled with actionable information to improve your approach to the 4 pillars of fitness.