Tip: Sans Vitamins, Distance Can Do Damage

Distance runners: take vitamins to stop damage to bones and muscles

“When training for a vigorous physical activity like endurance running, keep in mind that when it comes to your health, running more isn’t necessarily always better.

When you run beyond 15 miles a week, there can be a fairly sharp increase of musculoskeletal problems in areas such as your knees and hips. Running more than 30 miles per week may be linked to scarring of the heart due to a lack of oxygen and free radical damage.

If you’re running this much, protect your body tissues and take in the proper nutrients to suppress any DNA damage from free radicals. Elite athletes can benefit by taking the proper dosages of vitamins E, C and beta carotene. I recommend taking 400 international units (IU) of vitamin E twice a day to decrease risks associated with excess running.”

Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, coined the word ‘aerobics’ and is recognized as the leader of the international physical fitness movement. He is the founder and chairman of Cooper Aerobics.

As reported by Bethany Marzewski.

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