Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by postmaste » Sat, 15 May 1999 04:00:00


Have any of you heard this one before?

I heard this today from a colleague at work: women shouldn't run because of
some sort of damage that it can do to the body.  Long-term running hurts
women.

You know, for a few years there I did nothing except eat and gain weight.
No one said anything.  As soon as I took up running, everyone became an
expert on running and why it could be harmful to men -- and, yes, these
were all non-runners.

Now they're starting on women.

--
GK

FrodoJRR at Interaccess dot com

 
 
 

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by jclif » Sat, 15 May 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>Have any of you heard this one before?

Yes, many, many times, particularly when I first began
running.  Something about how all the jiggling while running
will harm my internal organs.  My current reply when I hear
this statement is that I believe my former sedentary
lifestyle shifted all my organs downward and now that I run
everything is jiggling upward into the position where it was
meant to be in the first place.

Regards,

-"still jiggling and loving it" jcliff-

 
 
 

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by Michael Urquiol » Sat, 15 May 1999 04:00:00

Yes and I completely agree, women shouldn't run.

Because I'm tired of getting beat by them ;-)

Quote:

> Have any of you heard this one before?

> I heard this today from a colleague at work: women shouldn't run because of
> some sort of damage that it can do to the body.  Long-term running hurts
> women.

> You know, for a few years there I did nothing except eat and gain weight.
> No one said anything.  As soon as I took up running, everyone became an
> expert on running and why it could be harmful to men -- and, yes, these
> were all non-runners.

> Now they're starting on women.

> --
> GK

> FrodoJRR at Interaccess dot com


 
 
 

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by stallion.. » Sat, 15 May 1999 04:00:00

X-No-Arehive: yes

It's only been comparatively recently that women have been allowed
to run events longer than the half-mile in the Olympics
(first marathon, Joan Benoit in LA in 1984, remember)
and it was because people believed things like this

Quote:
> Have any of you heard this one before?

> I heard this today from a colleague at work: women shouldn't run because of
> some sort of damage that it can do to the body.  Long-term running hurts
> women.

 
 
 

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by postmaste » Sat, 15 May 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
>Yes, many, many times, particularly when I first began
>running.  Something about how all the jiggling while running
>will harm my internal organs.  My current reply when I hear
>this statement is that I believe my former sedentary
>lifestyle shifted all my organs downward and now that I run
>everything is jiggling upward into the position where it was
>meant to be in the first place.

I'm going to remember this one.

--
GK

FrodoJRR at Interaccess dot com

 
 
 

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by Ron Cate » Sat, 15 May 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
> > Have any of you heard this one before?

> > I heard this today from a colleague at work: women shouldn't run because
of
> > some sort of damage that it can do to the body.  Long-term running hurts
> > women.

During the 70's running boom, a "doctor" was interviewed in Playboy Magazine
and stated that jogging caused all sorts of evils, including a "tipped
uterus" in women. There was and is nothing in the literature to support such
a view, yet it persists. Just last week, Dr. Laura repeated some similar
nonsense on her show.
 
 
 

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by aem » Sat, 15 May 1999 04:00:00

Honestly..... My gyn dr. told me that I have a tipped uterus and to do NO
IMPACT exercise. He said NO step aerobic classs, NO running etc. I couldn't
believe it. That was a year ago and I am STILL running.... so far nothing
has fallen out. :-) wish me luck!


Quote:
> Have any of you heard this one before?

> I heard this today from a colleague at work: women shouldn't run because
of
> some sort of damage that it can do to the body.  Long-term running hurts
> women.

> You know, for a few years there I did nothing except eat and gain weight.
> No one said anything.  As soon as I took up running, everyone became an
> expert on running and why it could be harmful to men -- and, yes, these
> were all non-runners.

> Now they're starting on women.

> --
> GK

> FrodoJRR at Interaccess dot com

 
 
 

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by Ron Cate » Sat, 15 May 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Honestly..... My gyn dr. told me that I have a tipped uterus and to do NO
> IMPACT exercise. He said NO step aerobic classs, NO running etc. I
couldn't
> believe it. That was a year ago and I am STILL running.... so far nothing
> has fallen out. :-) wish me luck!

uterus retroversion (tipped uterus) - A NORMAL variation of pelvic anatomy
in which the body of the uterus is tipped toward the back rather than
forward. Retroversion of the uterus is common and is found to be the normal
uterine position in about 20% of all women.

Why would running worsen this? There's noting in the research to support
such a theory.

 
 
 

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by Ron Cate » Sat, 15 May 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Why would running worsen this? There's noting in the research to support
> such a theory.

which should read:
There's NOTHING in the research to support such a theory.

Sorry about the typo,
Ron

 
 
 

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by Carpathi » Sun, 16 May 1999 04:00:00

Ron Cates wrote,

Quote:
>uterus retroversion (tipped uterus) - A NORMAL variation of pelvic anatomy
>in which the body of the uterus is tipped toward the back rather than
>forward. Retroversion of the uterus is common and is found to be the normal
>uterine position in about 20% of all women.

Mine is tipped forward. It's horribly uncomfortable, kind of like running with
a softball bouncing up and down on your bladder. But my doctor didn't say to
stop running...in fact he assured me that it isn't causing any additional harm.
 
 
 

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by mepor » Sun, 16 May 1999 04:00:00

Did you know that running can cause a woman to become sterile?  Did you know
that running can cause a woman to lose all the protective hormones that she
has and thus deprive her of normal female development?  Did you know that
pelvic girdle of women becomes permanently weakened by running, thus making
them cripples in old age? Did you know that, and that, and that, and that
.................

IT'S ALL A BUNCH OF CRAP, to put it bluntly.

In fact, there have been too many studies to count that show that running,
and for that matter any kind of aerobic exercise, has immeasurable benefit
for woman, and men for that matter, in every age group and absolutely no
long term adverse detrimental effects.  PERIOD.

--
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Usually the person who gets the most benefit out of a complex situation
is the opportunist who put the least effort into the outcome

Quote:
>Have any of you heard this one before?

>I heard this today from a colleague at work: women shouldn't run because of
>some sort of damage that it can do to the body.  Long-term running hurts
>women.

>You know, for a few years there I did nothing except eat and gain weight.
>No one said anything.  As soon as I took up running, everyone became an
>expert on running and why it could be harmful to men -- and, yes, these
>were all non-runners.

>Now they're starting on women.

>--
>GK

>FrodoJRR at Interaccess dot com

 
 
 

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by mepor » Sun, 16 May 1999 04:00:00

Doesn't make much of a difference unless you want to have children.  And
look on the bright side - no birth control costs.

--
========================================================
Usually the person who gets the most benefit out of a complex situation
is the opportunist who put the least effort into the outcome

Quote:

>Honestly..... My gyn dr. told me that I have a tipped uterus and to do NO
>IMPACT exercise. He said NO step aerobic classs, NO running etc. I couldn't
>believe it. That was a year ago and I am STILL running.... so far nothing
>has fallen out. :-) wish me luck!



>> Have any of you heard this one before?

>> I heard this today from a colleague at work: women shouldn't run because
>of
>> some sort of damage that it can do to the body.  Long-term running hurts
>> women.

>> You know, for a few years there I did nothing except eat and gain weight.
>> No one said anything.  As soon as I took up running, everyone became an
>> expert on running and why it could be harmful to men -- and, yes, these
>> were all non-runners.

>> Now they're starting on women.

>> --
>> GK

>> FrodoJRR at Interaccess dot com

 
 
 

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by Ken » Sun, 16 May 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>Have any of you heard this one before?

>I heard this today from a colleague at work: women shouldn't run because of
>some sort of damage that it can do to the body.  Long-term running hurts
>women.

>You know, for a few years there I did nothing except eat and gain weight.
>No one said anything.  As soon as I took up running, everyone became an
>expert on running and why it could be harmful to men -- and, yes, these
>were all non-runners.

>Now they're starting on women.

   They do this to everybody.  When I first started running and losing
weight in 1989, some people in work thought I was out of my mind. Then
came the "Are you feeling alright?"  questions.  The secretaries would
keep offering me donuts when I was getting my coffee cup filled. After
that came the inferences that I had AIDS! Well it has been quite a few
years now and they can see that I am still alive, still fit and still
running.
   I heard the female myth a lot of years ago and believed it. Until I
saw one of the NY marathons on TV and saw a lot of good running elite
women.
   Then when I began racing in local 5k's and 10k's, I found out that
there were a lot of women finishing ahead of me... WAY ahead of me.
Being passed by three jabbering women right before the finish line in
my first 5k while I could hardly breathe or lift my feet sort of
humbled me.
   Funny thing is, lately the US men have done very little to
represent us in distance racing while US women have excelled. I find
myself following women's distance running more than the men. Watching
Kenyans win 1-2-3 all the time is boring.
   Ken K.
 
 
 

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by Nelson Le » Sun, 16 May 1999 04:00:00

Quote:


>Who the hell is Dr. Laura ? Is this her first name? Or is she like Cher
>and Madonna, "just Laura"? Those half-celebrities half-doctors...

Dr. Laura is Dr. Laura Schlesinger, a radio personality who espouses tough
love and personal accountability over the airwaves and is laughing all the
way to the bank.  Personally, I prefer Dr. Ruth.  At least, her subject is
more interesting.

Nelson

 
 
 

Another Non-Runner's Myth: Women Shouldn't Run

Post by mepor » Sun, 16 May 1999 04:00:00

There are no long term adverse effects.  There may be short term injuries,
but there are no long term adverse effects such as sterilization, hormonal
changes, reproductive problems, etc, that can even be remotely associated
with running or any other aerobic exercise..  More people tear their knees
up every year bowling than runners do running.  More people suffer ankle and
feet injuries playing tennis than runners do running.  More people fall out
of chairs and suffer freak injuries each year than women suffer injuries as
a result of running or aerobic exercise.  Those are facts.  Pure and simple
facts.

--
========================================================
Usually the person who gets the most benefit out of a complex situation
is the opportunist who put the least effort into the outcome


Quote:


> >IT'S ALL A BUNCH OF CRAP, to put it bluntly.
> >In fact, there have been too many studies to count that show that running
> >[...has...] absolutely no
> >long term adverse detrimental effects.  PERIOD.

> All right, I'll bite on this "fact".  Where are the scientific studies
> that have concluded the above claim?

> It seems to me that in any long term rigorous physical activity, there
> will be some percentage of people who do suffer long term detrimental
> effects.  It may be a small percentage, but I doubt it is
> unmeasurable.  (Don't many of us know a former runner who quit running
> or cut back on mileage because their knees can't take the pounding any
> more?)

> I'm also of the opinion that people who use the word "Period" as a
> complete one-word sentence are not only being grammatically incorrect,
> but are also usually wrong in whatever they stated in their previous
> sentence.

>   - Mike