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.


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Here's an article from RunningTimes which may answer your question.

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.

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A lot of it has to do with genetics: I sustained a very serious knee injury without much actual stress because of the way my knees are put together; they naturally bend back a little, so I was an accident waiting to happen.

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?

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I think it really depends more on your genetic makeup, not on the older people you see running marathons. I have arthritis in my knees and I'm in my 40's- arthritis runs in my family. I say don't worry about it. Do what you love! You can worry about the knee problems when you get older.IF you get older! You never know what tomorrow has planned for you, so just keep running if you enjoy it!

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No. If anything, you're keeping your knees, and legs, healthy. Just learn proper stretching techniques, and don't over do it. Build up to whatever you want to run. Get a good idea of possible common injuries and there signs. I'm 26 and i started running when i was 14 years old, cross-country, track, baseball, and basketball. I don't have bad knees. As long as you don't put on unneccesary weight or weight all of a sudden. Know your limits. Your body will tell you when you need to rest. Learn to warm-up before you run. A good warm-up is about nearly about half of what you're actually gonna run at a not too fast pace. (3 mile run= 1mile warm-up) Keep hydrated, even when its cold, learn to stretch your lungs before you run. You may want to take vitamins, to help your body get the needed nutrients. Good luck.

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Take care of your knees because once that go than I hear it don't be the same. I wonder could it be the way you excersice if you do. Theres a certain way to do it. Mon, wed, fri work on the upper body, tues and sat maybe you could work on the lower body.

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A lot of people get bad knees from running because they do not protect their knees well enough.

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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