Fact or fiction: Is running bad for your joints?
It has been reported that running can slowly wear down the joints. This has been such a widely held belief that some doctors have even suggested that middle-aged and older clients should walk instead of run. But is this claim fact or fiction?
What Does Running Do To The Joints?
When you run, your strides are much longer, meaning that your feet hit the ground less frequently than they do when you walk. In that respect, there is a lesser impact on the joints when running than walking.
On the other hand, the less frequent impacts with the ground are more forceful when running than they are when walking. These forceful impacts do not present any danger because our bodies are designed to be able to run. There is cartilage and joint fluid within the knees and hip joints. This allows the body to safely absorb the shock rather than damaging the joints or bones.
What Does Running Do For Your Body?
As we know, running is extremely beneficial. It puts a healthy amount of stress on the joints and the muscles, which makes the bones stronger. Rather than running less as you age, it’s a good preventative health measure to run more often the older you get.
Running also burns fat and calories. This makes it less likely that visceral fat will surround organs, inhibiting their proper functioning. Since running necessitates taking full, deep breaths, it also improves respiratory health.
When Is Running Dangerous?
Running is only dangerous in certain circumstances. Running in inclement weather, too close to traffic, or with shoes that don’t properly support the foot’s natural arch can be detrimental. You also should take a break from running if you’re injured.
Exercise, done in a reasonable amount, is never bad for you. Dress right for the weather, stay adequately hydrated, and keep running!