Is running bad for your joints?
If there is
a persistent myth in the world of running, it is: Running is bad for the joints. A lot of people still believe that, beacuse of the hard impact of our feet on the ground as we run, too much strain is put on our hips, knees and ankles. But this is not true. Experts have given us the all-clear; however, particular attention should be paid to certain points, so that running really remains a healthy activity.
The more you weigh, the more stress is put on your joints. Every pound of extra weight, has a negative effect on the joints – even while walking this is the case. Therefore, overweight people should first shed the excess weight before they take up running.
Anyone who runs too much every week (over 45 miles), is at risk of overtraining. As a result, ambitious professional athletes suffer from sport injuries more often than regular leisure time joggers. The golden rule is: allow yourself sufficient recovery time.
Having the right pair of shoes is the alpha and omega of running. Using old, worn out shoes is the best way to end up with unpleasant side effects. You should instead seek the advice of a professional, in a specialised store, before your first long running session. Splash out on a good pair of shoes – your body will thank you!
Soft forest and field paths are gentler for the joints than tarmac roads. Most runners settle for a healthy combination of both surfaces.
Fundamentaly: running tones the muscles, strengthens the cardiovascular and immune system and is a great way of losing weight.
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