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Running without a sports bra can lead to irreversible breast sagging in women, says Steady Health.
Running is often touted for its ability to promote weight loss, improvements in cardiovascular health, and reduced rates of depression. Despite all the benefits of running, however, this kind of exercise is not without its disadvantages. For starters, anyone who runs on a regular basis can sustain damage to weight-bearing joints, such as the knees and ankles. An increased risk for heart attack among those who are unaccustomed to exercise, potential breast sagging, and excessive sun exposure are also among the potential drawbacks associated with running.
Damage to Weight-Bearing Joints
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, damage to weight-bearing joints is one of the most serious disadvantages associated with running. Steady Health reports that the amount of force placed on joints during a run is four times greater than that which occurs at rest -- making it especially dangerous for those who have existing joint damage. Individuals who are overweight, obese, or who have joint alignment issues, may also be at risk for damage to weight-bearing joints during a run. Using specialized treadmills that reduce joint impact, and incorporating other forms of non-impact exercise, may be beneficial when it comes to reducing the risk of joint damage.
Increased Risk of Heart Attack
Participating in an exercise routine, such as running, can cut the risk of a heart attack by as much as 45 percent, according to the New York Times Health Guides. And while this is true for most healthy adults, Steady Health reports that those who are new to exercise, or have been diagnosed with heart disease in the past, may actually increase the likelihood of a heart attack by running. During a run, there is an increased demand on the heart for blood supply -- and when the heart cannot keep up with this demand due to hardened or clogged arteries, a heart attack can occur. Consult a trained cardiologist to ensure safety before starting a new running regimen.
Potential for Breast Sagging
Many women wear sports bras while running to avoid the pain associated with breast bouncing. And while this discomfort may discourage some women from running, it is not the only drawback. In fact, Steady Health suggests that running can cause some irreversible breast sagging in women. Wearing a supportive sports bra can usually be enough to prevent this damage -- and is therefore a must for all women runners.
Excessive Sun Exposure
While many runners spend their time on a treadmill, others prefer to engage in outdoor physical activity, thus resulting in greater sun exposure. Runners may be at an increased risk for certain types of skin cancer -- not just because of greater amounts of sun exposure, but also due to drops in immune system function. Wearing protective clothing and appropriate types of sunblock can be useful in preventing this serious disadvantage of running. Those who run in moderation are also at a decreased risk for the drop in immune system function and subsequent skin cancer risk.