How to respond to people who are negative about your running

Some people seem to really hate running. Maybe they’re recalling a bad childhood experience – the dreaded PE class – or they have a workmate who won’t shut up about the race he ran last month. Some of them may resent the fact that something they consider a chore is something we delight in. Still, a snarky retort isn’t the best way to convert sceptics. Use this information to craft a diplomatic reply to five common criticisms.

Numerous studies have shown that runners have healthier bones and joints than their non-running peers. And you’re more likely to develop arthritis if you’re a sedentary person who’s carrying some extra weight.

Go to the finish line of any running event and you’ll see all body types. Runners of every shape and size can safely log plenty of miles, even if it means alternating between running periods and recovery walk breaks.

The original marathoners in the 1896 Olympic Games took walk breaks. Were 
they runners? As long as you’re using your muscles and raising your heart rate, you’ll enjoy physical benefits – and the endorphins.

‘Running is just so boring’

It can be, if you run the same routes at the same effort level day after day. Exploring new parks, trying new workouts or joining different group runs are all easy ways to keep a running routine feeling fresh

It’s time for a heart-to-heart: explain to your loved ones what you get out of your 
time on the roads, trails, or treadmill. Whether that’s better health, lower stress levels or improved confidence in your own abilities, most family members will understand – even if they’ve never personally viewed running as a positive or enjoyable activity.