There are some workout myths that refuse to die. In Fact, they are so universal that they give rise to ill-founded arguments. Like the one that goes: “Running on hard surfaces like roads will harm your knees.” Heard that one? I’m sure you have. Nothing could be farther from truth. Running in proper form on a hard surface will not affect your knees, provided your knees are not injured or your bones weak. The trouble is many recreational runners run without proper technique and that can be injurious to their knees and even other parts of the body. For instance, while running, always land on the balls of your feet. Yes, those things are there on your feet too. The ball of the foot is the plump part where the toes join with the rest of the foot and experienced runners land lightly on that muscular portion of the foot and not on their heels or toes while running.That is an essential part of running properly and minimising injury. There are others but I’ll leave that for another installment of Treadmill.
Like the myth about running on hard surfaces, is another one that warns you against doing weighted squats for your leg workouts. “Don’t do squats; they mess up your knees,” is so universal that it has generated its fair share of quadriceps (thigh muscles) and glutes (butt muscles) challenged breed of fitness enthusiasts.
Try to use light weights to get your form and technique right before you start loading up the barbell. Experienced squatters can lift more than double their body weight doing squats. But don’t try to get there in a hurry—give it time and you could find that squats are great routine to build into your gym regimen.
— Muscles Mani
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