Getting bad knees after running?
Question:I run, but I keep on hearing from my family, mostly from my brother who just lift weights all the time, that I'm going to wear out my joints, especially my knees.
But the deal is that I see people in their 50's and 60's running marathons all the time and it doesn't seem like they have any problems with their legs or knees.
I don't have any pain when I run, and run four days a week for an hour or so. I wear running shoes designed for running and do a few minutes of stretching before and after I run. Now if I run hard my legs might get tired, but that's due to working the leg muscles harder than they're used to.
So if I continue to run will I get bad knees? I just don't get it when I see people thirty years older than me running more than I do.
Unless you have some family history of knee problems or a congenital condition, I believe the general concensus is that running does not do long term damage to your knees and actually strengthens your joints. However, that is not to say you can not get injured from running. Many runners suffer from overuse injuries by increasing their training load to quickly. As long as you train sensibly, stretch regularly and and wear good shoes (replace them every 500 miles or 6 months whichever comes first), you should be fine.
Do you have some kind of problem that is congenital? It doesn't sound like it from the way you describe your running. It is just logical that if you keep in good shape, train reasonably, eat right and avoid injury that you can run until your legs fall off from old age. You're right, I see older people running all the time. Merely running doesn't wear you out any more than walking, all things being equal. Actually doesn't it keep you and your bones strong?
You may not get pain, if you did that would deffinently be a sign to reasses what and how you are doing it.
Some hints are:
good running shoes that absorb the shock, depends on the surface you run on, but new shoes every 3 months can be a good idea. This is mainly for people who would run on tarmac.
Choose the surface you run on well. Each surface causes its own shock to your body. Grass is best followed by, dirt, tarmac, then concrete. But it is best to avoid concrete at all costs.
Then there is your technique, meet some trainers in a gym, or people who there stuff about running, like pro-trainers. They can give you good technique to limit shock, fatigue, and keep you in good physical condition.
Plus diet, fresh pineapple is know as the best for joint healing. It is as good as those drugs they sell you on TV. But eat well, fresh, low fat food and you will be running for many years to come.
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