Here's Why You Probably Shouldn't Run Every Day

As someone who has a love-hate relationship with running, I'm not necessarily keen on doing it every day. Drink coffee, read a book, meditate? Sure. But put on my sneakers and hit the pavement every single day of the week? Less enthused. If you're like me, you'll be pleased to know that you don't have to run every day to reap the benefits.

But if you were so inclined to run every day, should you? In other words, is it bad to run every day? Short answer: probably. The experts I spoke to agreed that, in general, it can actually do more harm than good. "Running every day is not ideal, as it can cause significant wear and tear on the body over time," Jacquelyn Baston, a certified personal trainer and an avid runner, says. "Your body needs time to recover from the repetitive movements that come with running," she adds.

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this, and you should always listen to your body," says Joey Daoud, the CEO of online fitness coaching company New Territory Fitness and a certified Pose running specialist. "But if you feel great, is it bad to run every day? No. However, don't interpret that as you should run every day. You won't get fitter or faster if you run every single day. Your body needs rest. The only reason for daily running would be therapeutic reasons. So just be aware of your goals when deciding how much to run," he explains.

Here, how to come up with a running routine that will give you the results you want.

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