Is so­cial me­dia ru­in­ing run­ning?

SO­CIAL ME­DIA can mo­ti­vate, but it can also en­cour­age habits that keep you from RUN­NING YOUR BEST. It can be an­noy­ing, too...

Runner's World (UK) - - In This Issue -

‘AL­TER­NA­TIVE FACTS’ have fooled many in the so­cial me­dia age, and ill-in­formed or disin­gen­u­ous state­ments aren't lim­ited to pol­i­tics. Any blog­ger or in­flu­encer can post, tweet or snap train­ing ad­vice that may seems le­git – but is it? ‘You can put out some re­ally dodgy in­for­ma­tion and get it per­pet­u­ated,’ says ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist and coach Janet Hamil­ton.

While in­ac­cu­ra­cies spread more swiftly than ever, you can also use the in­ter­net to vet your sources. ‘Take that ex­tra step and ask, “OK, where's this com­ing from?”’ says Ryan War­ren­burg, head coach for ZAP Fit­ness Coach­ing in North Carolina, US. ‘That's eas­ier than it has been in the past, too.’ Be­ing a dis­cern­ing con­sumer of on­line run­ning in­for­ma­tion can pre­vent plateaus, over­train­ing and in­juries. Here, Hamil­ton and War­ren­burg lay down the ac­tual facts about four mis­guided train­ing trends that have been fu­elled by so­cial me­dia.

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