Fitness Myths Debunked #8 of 15
MYTH: Running is bad for your knees.
TRUTH: A Stanford University study found that older runners’ knees were no less healthy than those of people who don’t run.
To all those who ran the Bridge Run, I have good news for you!! The research from this study proves that what we’re doing is best – jogging/running and strength training!!…..
….and that we’re doing what’s best to keep our knees from crumbling as we get older!
However, while pounding the pavement is safer on the joints than say those contact sports like football, and rugby it’s not totally harmless.
(Don’t let this scare you!)
“Women are four to six times as likely to be at risk of serious knee injuries from running as men, because they tend to have an imbalance in the strength ratio between their quadriceps and hamstrings, which can increase the risk of ACL injuries,” Westcott says.
That’s why experts recommend doing a total-body strength workout at least twice a week in addition to your regular jogs to build up the muscles that support the knees.
“You will enhance your running experience and also reduce your chances of getting injured,” Matthews points out.
So to our members who are avid runners or those who are thinking about jogging/running get outside and go for it – spring is getting closer and the temperatures are looking better and better for outside activity!!
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