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Marathon Run for First Time? Be Cautious!

The rise of amateur marathoners was one of the most interesting fitness phenomena of the past decade. People who saw only gymnastics and yoga as workouts found they could also run marathons and how! Every city has a group of runners and the number of participants just keeps growing. Add to this, a recent study linked good heart health marathon running.

According to the report, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, first-time healthy marathon runners who practiced and finished a marathon reported decreased blood pressure and aortic stiffening equal to a 4-year vascular age reduction.

We spoke to Dr. Santosh Kumar Dora, Senior Cardiologist, Asian Heart Institute, who is a marathon to learn more about himself.

“Running keeps a person fit and heart healthy. So, Running decreases bad cholesterol, helps in losing body weight, prevents diabetes and improves the blood sugar in diabetic patients. Also, Running also helps in preventing and controlling hypertension. Further, Running is known to relieve stress and eliminate depression. All these positive factors associated with running helps in preventing heart disease and heart attack.”

Amateur Marathon Runners Are at High Risk!

However, for amateur marathon runners, he had a word of caution.

“Anyone can take up running as an exercise form to stay healthy. However, as running is considered as a form of moderate to severe strenuous exercise, one should get evaluated by a physician prior to start running. It is especially true for persons with other ailments like diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, history of smoking, family history of heart disease. Persons who have a history of heart or lung ailment in the past which is fine now also should see a physician to get fitness for running. Most people who are currently suffering from heart are lung diseases may not considered suitable for running as a mode of exercise.”

Furthermore, Dr Dora added, “Presently lots of amateurs have taken up running as a mode of exercise and participate in marathons. While running is a great way to keep oneself fit, one should understand that running a marathon is different. Marathon running is an extreme level of endurance exercise and needs lots of training and perseverance. One has to first get a medical clearance before training for a marathon. After that one should preferably join in a marathon running group guided by a coach to have the necessary training.”

To stay healthy, regular physical exercise is must. Running is an exercise of this kind. Cycling, skipping, fast walking, swimming, playing outdoor games like badminton, table tennis, lawn tennis, etc. are other forms of dynamic exercises. It is possible to perform any of these exercises to stay healthy.

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