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    Is it true that you can run everyday?

    I've heard that you can run everday, but since the heart is a muscle as well, why doesn't it need rest?

    Some people say, that an hour of cardio is best.. So if you run an hour everyday, wouldn't that put too much stress on your heart and overwork it? Or if you run for just 20 minutes, but at super high intensity; making your heart rate go waaay up, isn't that a bit too much? Let alone doing that every day. If you pull any other muscle, it can heal fine, but if you damange your heart, you're gonna be pretty screwed.

    Thoughts?

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    The heart isn't the same type of muscle as your biceps or quadriceps. "Overtraining" for the heart would be eating nothing but crappy McDonald's food for fifteen years and clogging your arteries.

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    So you say that the heart can not overtrain..?

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    Animals run everyday and they're still alive.

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    Isn't that how the original Marathoner died? Ran forever and then his heart exploded?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poop-Loops
    Isn't that how the original Marathoner died? Ran forever and then his heart exploded?

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    The guy's name was Marathon, and oddly enough he only ran 26 miles to report in before he died. Emphasize a lot of sarcasm on Marathon and oddly enough.

    :XXphyhsas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varangian Guard
    So you say that the heart can not overtrain..?
    Yes, it can. If you don't take care of it, you force it to work harder than it should have to, and then it doesn't get to rest. Then you die. That's the ultimate overtraining, eh?

    Here is a basic explanation: Every time your heart beats, it spends the remaining time in between that beat and the next beat resting. People with well-conditioned hearts tend to have low heart rates (sometimes low enough to qualify for bradycardia), so their heart actually does not work as "hard" as someone with a higher heart rate. It spends less time beating and more time resting.

    Another factor: Stroke volume. The more blood your heart can pump in one stroke, the less work it has to do. The higher your stroke volume (this is related to how strong your heart is), the less work your heart has to do (assuming your ejection fraction isn't out of wack).

    Something to keep in mind is that you are not just training your heart when you run. The muscles in your body that propel you forward need time to recover as well. Then you need to think about joint health (a very complicated beast in-and-of itself). Sure, you CAN run every single day, but it is not great for your joints or your muscle recovery. Running 3-5 days a week, assuming that is your desired cardiovascular workout, would probably be a lot better for you.

    This is just a quick and dirty explanation. Hopefully it's somewhat helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koto_Ryu
    The guy's name was Marathon, and oddly enough he only ran 26 miles to report in before he died. Emphasize a lot of sarcasm on Marathon and oddly enough.

    :XXphyhsas
    I assume your sarcasm is because of the complete lack of evidence that this ever happened? Because, well, there is no record of it and historians all pretty much agree that it is a myth.
    Last edited by Cassius; 10/27/2005 12:56am at .

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    Never said it was fact :thumbsup: The sarcasm was for the name and the fact that marathons are 26 miles long. And sorry, it was at the Battle of Marathon and the runner's name was Pheidippides. Running a pheidippides sounds a bit awkward though.
    Last edited by VikingPower; 10/27/2005 12:58am at .

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    Never said it was fact :thumbsup:
    I KNEW you were too bright to believe that horseshit. Even if your gun shoots the wrong way. Marines, always using the guns that fire backwards. I mean, I knew you guys liked being shot at, but that's just silly!

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