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"Is running bad for your knees?”

Running being "bad" for you is a common misconception and an unnecessary barrier.


Have you spent time going back and forth about running? Are you being warned against running because of your age, weight or current fitness level?

Has a medical professional ruled out running with good cause or are you just falling victim to aggressive propaganda that does not want you to make use of this FREE health management tool?

The act of running at a stable pace for an average of 20-40 minutes a few times a week should not be something you shy away from! For ages, we were told that running caused knee pain, hip pain and often lower back pain too. Of course, depending on your existing physiology, running may aggravate certain symptoms but running does not necessarily damage your knee/knees.


The Running Myth:


“Impact is BAD”


Traditionally, running was thought to cause knee problems due to the impact involved. We were told that the continuous impact of our weight on our joints will damage our joints.

(As you read that, please understand that the very joints we think cannot take impact, are the joints designed to carry our body weight with ease all day through any movement we choose.)

New research suggests that recreational running might not increase the risk of osteoarthritis (OA), a degenerative joint disease.


“I need to be a RUNNER to run”


What is a runner? The simple definition is “a person who runs”. Unfortunately, the fitness industry has created a different definition. Someone who paces well, wears all the matching kit, owns an expensive watch and dedicates their LIFE to running.

As a result of this, you are here reading an article about running being “bad” for you because you are doubting your ability to just get up and go for a run. If you want to run, start slow and GO. You are a runner if you run.

 

 

The Simple Truth:

Running is a FREE, extremely beneficial form of exercise. The smallest amount of running in your week will make a noted difference so stop letting barriers like distance, speed and time stop you!


Some fantastic benefits are:

  • Stronger Muscles: Running strengthens the muscles around your knees, which can improve joint stability and reduce stress on the joint itself.

  • Weight Management: Running helps maintain a healthy weight, which reduces overall stress on your knees.

  • Improved Lubrication: Compression during running can help bring more fluid into the knee joint, improving lubrication.

 

Of course, please consider the following first and approach your running journey with your unique circumstance in mind:

·       Pre-existing Conditions: If you already have knee pain or a diagnosed knee condition, running might not be the best exercise for you RIGHT NOW. Consult a doctor or physiotherapist before starting.

·       Gradual Progression: Don't jump into high mileage right away. Gradually increase distance and intensity to allow your body to adapt.

·       Proper Shoes: Invest in well-fitting running shoes that provide adequate support and cushioning for your running style.

 

If you are eager to get going but hesitant on where to start- check out our TOP PICKS for our favourite runner’s support videos.

Created for runners of all abilities and intensities!



There are so many fantastic rewards for your body and your mind from running. Give it a go!

 

 

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