Recently I developed the habit of running daily, and began to wonder whether my constant running would help or hurt my knees and joints in the long run (no pun intended). However, after researching and comparing the benefits of running to the detriments, I found that avid runners are less likely to develop arthritis and perhaps even live longer. Similarly, from reading the current knee1.com feature article, I learned that running and regular exercise create stronger bones and joints.
I also picked up a simple running tip to decrease the chances of knee damage and shin splints while increasing the lifetime of my running shoes. If you own more than one pair of running shoes, just rotate them every other time you run. This provides better support for joints by preserving the shoes’ cushioning.
Any other insights or helpful tips?
By: stephloy83: Oct, 28, 2013 12:00 PM
Running surfaces definitely make a difference. I would also add in strength training. It strengthens your muscles which overall will give better support to your knees.
By: hallock5: Sep, 25, 2013 13:38 PM
I couldn't concur more with the poster who stated "running surfacce is key" as I have opted to personally test concrete, asphalt, dirt, etc. and concrete by far as the longest pain factor on my knees. Second to surface, the correct shoes. I know paying $100+ for a pair of running shoes may not fit the budget, but considering it reduces doctors' visits and pain meds, totally worth it.
By: AmariT: Jan, 04, 2011 17:13 PM
Daniela: What's in these supplements? I'm always hesitant to take any kind of unnecessary medication. If we can get the same health benefits from eating healthy and treating our body right, then why bother with something that might have negative side effects? I also worry about medication hiding real problems. Like if you take pain medication so that your knees don't hurt when you run, you're masking that you're causing damage to your knees without actually doing anything to prevent that damage.
By: DanielaTDL: Jan, 04, 2011 09:40 AM
I try to run every day to keep my weight down and because I have exercised all my life and if I do not, then I will not feel happy!!!
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By: cwarner: Dec, 29, 2010 17:32 PM
I've definitely heard that walking is better for your knees than running, too. My dad has bad knees and recently stopped running to prevent further damage and instead bikes, which is less harmful to his joints. Similarly, my mom has knee issues and therefore walks frequently rather than running. And for all you calorie counters out there, walking and running the same distance burns the same amount of calories! (1 mile = 100 calories) So it's better for your joints and it won't cut back on the calories you burn. It's a win-win!
By: Notyetagolfpro: Sep, 21, 2010 17:59 PM
By: RunnersHigh: Aug, 30, 2010 14:01 PM
I run daily and I can confirm that form and posture matter most. However, despite having been running cross-country and concrete for many years I have not had any major knee problems. Hence, I cannot confirm the AmariT’s comment. I only feel the pressure on my knees if I run more than 13.1 miles (half-marathon). In fact, concrete - from my experience - provides a stable surface whereas cross-country trails with weather and other related changes do not. Injuries seem to be more likely when you run and jump over stones, tree roots, puddles etc.
Everything starts with great shoes – Runner’s World just published their fall shoe running guide http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-240-400--13595-0,00.html . Moreover, in order to prevent knee injuries you also want to make sure that your muscles around the knee, e.g. quads, hamstrings, calves are in good shape and able to provide the support and absorb the impact. I personally noticed that after increase the size and endurance of these muscles running was easier. Though, do not try to become another Arnold Schwarzenegger – back in his gym days.
Reebok’s new RunTone shoe might be something you want to consider http://www.reebok.com/US/runtone-shoes if you want to start easy and build up both endurance and leg muscles. Or try these exercises http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-strengthen-calf-muscles-254669 .
I have been running in Ascics ever since so if you wanna be a serious runner check out their http://www.asicsamerica.com/sports/running/shoeFitGuide.aspx their shoe guide.
By: choir: Jun, 07, 2010 16:02 PM
When it comes to running (especially long distances), it is important to correct your form and posture. Follow this link to see a great video on how to develop a better running form: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UIDErK5ARA
By: AmariT: May, 28, 2010 16:52 PM
I think it depends on a lot of factors, including what kind of surface you're running on (helpful advice: never run on concrete). My mom read somewhere that it's healthier to walk fast than it is to jog because it has most of the same benefits while also being easier on the knees. As long as you're safe about how you run, you should be fine, though.