Run for your knees

Contrary to popular opinion running is good for your knees.

I am sure that if you run, someone has asked you “what about your knees?” Now, you can answer “I am doing it for my knees.”

Exercise scientists at Brigham Young University recently found that pro-inflammatory molecules go down in knee joints when we run.

The researchers say,

“This study does not indicate that distance runners are any more likely to get osteoarthritis than any other person. Instead, this study suggests exercise can be a type of medicine.”

Earlier studies done by the American College of Rheumatology has found that regular running protects against developing osteoarthritis in your knees.

Osteoarthritis is a progressive joint condition that damages the cartilage at the end of bones. Risk factors include, genetic history, stress on the joint, being overweight, injury to the knee joint, but NOT running. The researchers found that all runners, regardless of age, have less osteoarthritis and knee pain.

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Happy Running,

Shayla

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