Biologist and Marathon Winner Oleksandr Skorokhod to Bust Running Myths

Biologist and Marathon Winner Oleksandr Skorokhod to Bust Running Myths

Both newcomers and experienced biohackers include running in their health improvement programs. The core biohacking concept is to take an individual approach when selecting training.

Oleksandr Skorokhod – a Ukrainian biologist, prize winner of numerous marathons and trail runner – helps to bust the most common misconceptions about running.

Caution! Reading the article, you won’t have any reasons to miss the next running session!


Running is harmful to knee joints

In reality, physical activity improves the knee joint state. Running is a part of osteoarthritis therapy. Dosed impact loads enhance the production of chondroprotective compounds (chondroitin and glucosamine) by cartilaginous tissue. Besides, they encourage the joint fluid formation and calcium uptake by bone tissue.

If you start running, pay attention to appropriate shoes and the running technique. Take care of stabilizer muscles development and stretching. The neglect of these factors can cause knee and back problems.

Therefore, it does make sense to begin training with a coach to establish a correct foundation and obtain running tips.

If you feel knee pain during running, you should see a trauma orthopaedist – preferably specializing on sports. Various tests allow experienced doctors to find the cause and adjust the training process.


Running is dangerous to the heart

Moderate activity will be helpful to the heart, as regular running enhances tissue vascularization (formation of new capillary tubes). Heart myofibrils produce more mitochondria.

However, you should begin with controlled activity, gradually increasing it without forgetting about the exercise frequency.

Moreover, you’d better consult a doctor before training in order to realize the readiness of your body for physical exercises. Sometimes one should start with brisk walking and then shift to running.


Running is an efficient way to lose some weight

Indeed, running affects many muscles, burning off extra calories. In some pulse areas, it will efficiently involve fatty acids and burn fats.

Nevertheless, weight loss requires a balance: not only the amount of spent calories but also the number of calories received with food. Therefore, a proper strategy for reducing weight will be the decrease in the calorie concentration of foods and the increase in physical activity.


One should breathe only through the nose during running

Research has shown that the most fruitful respiratory pattern ensuring the maximum lung ventilation is breathing through both the mouth and nose.

At the same time, you should breathe through the nose in winter in order to provide additional air warming. This kind of running should be slow.


One should run from the heel/toe

There are a lot of studies dedicated to this issue, and all of them are contradictory. There is no single answer. Every professional or amateur runner develops his or her own foot position technique. It depends on the weight, height, stretching and many other individual physiological factors. You should just listen to your body and occasionally ask the specialist’s advice to correct obvious body posture problems.


Oleksandr will talk in detail about safe and highly beneficial training at Biohacking Conference Kyiv on November 11.

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