It was once believed that running could cause arthritis of the knees. However, a story in The New York Times indicates that this is a myth which can now be put to rest.
The article covers a study of 75,000 runners done by researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. It turns out that running doesn’t produce any more danger of arthritis than walking does.
The net result…was that the amount of force moving through a volunteer’s knees over any given distance was equivalent, whether they ran or walked. A runner generated more pounding with each stride, but took fewer strides than a walker, so, over the course of, say, a mile, the overall load on the knee was about the same.
That’s not to say runners don’t experience pain! You simply aren’t risking arthritis by choosing running over walking. Runners may fall prey to other knee injuries, such as “runner’s knee.”
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