3 Myths or Facts about Running



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A sports health specialist from the Premier Bintaro Hospital in Tangerang, Hario Tilarso, said that many misconceptions about running are still circulating among the public.

    Here are three misconceptions about running corrected by Hario.

    1. Running inhibits body shaping

    It is a myth. The bodies of runners are thin because they use fat as a source of energy. Therefore, runners are advised to practice weightlifting to shape the body muscles.

    “For runners, it’s better to have a thin body than a muscular one. Look at the running athletes at the 2018 Asian Games, for example, there was almost no [athletes] with a big muscular body,” he said.

    2. Carbohydrate and protein are more important than fat

    It is a fact. Carbohydrate is a source of energy. Protein is also important for protecting body cells. When running, muscles and cells work really hard. They are pulled and tightened so that the body cells have the potential to be damaged.

    “Protein and carbohydrate must be sufficient, while the fat intake is less needed. The body can use fat reserves when running,” he explained.

    3. During running, do not drink water so as not to vomit

    It is a myth. During running, you sweat. The sweat that comes out must be replaced, one of them through drinks.

    “That’s why on the running track there are drink posts. Runners are allowed to stop by and take drinks to be well hydrated. In a marathon competition, usually, every 6 or 7 kilometers, there is a drink post. If you do not drink, the potential to experience heatstroke increases. Water with the temperature of 10-12 degrees Celsius is good to drink when running because it is absorbed faster by the body,” said Hario.