Health Benefits of Running

Running Isn’t Likely to Kill Your Knees

As it turns out, the myth that too much jogging can cause wear and tear on the joints is false. Indeed, research into this subject suggests that running may even be beneficial for the joints of healthy adults. In one study, researchers discovered that participants at risk of osteoarthritis actually showed signs of improved cartilage volume and joint function after running compared to those who didn’t exercise. In those with chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis, regular exercise has been shown to improve coordination, flexibility, joint stiffness and muscle control, which lowers the risk of movement limitations.

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April 21, 2014

Last Updated:
July 1, 2014