Many people believe that running is bad for your joints, especially for your knees, and if you want to preserve your joint health in old age you better not run. The common thinking behind this is that the more you move, the more stress you inflict on your joints and, as a result, the more prone you are to injury. As a result, the older we get, the less physical activity we clock in, without even knowing that by being sedentary, we are doing our joints more harm than good.
You see, a sedentary lifestyle is almost inevitably associated with weight gain along with a slew of other health complications. Each additional pound of weight means more stress to the joints. Staying active helps you manage weight and supposedly helps fight inflammation throughout the body.
One of the easiest ways to stay active on a regular basis is running. It is a simple activity that doesn’t involve any special equipment (unless you’re running indoors on a treadmill) and that can be taken up by anybody. You are in charge of the time, speed, and intensity of your session. Many older people dismiss running as an option out of fear of developing arthritis or any other damage to the knee, but the truth is, no study has shown that running on its own causes arthritis. According to Dr. Tracy Ray, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Duke University School in Durham, North Carolina, if you haven’t had a knee injury and if you don’t have a diagnosed wear-and-tear of the cartilage, nothing deems you unfit to train.
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So, if you’re looking to protect your joints and get them moving, running may be a great option as long as you do it safely.
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