How many times have you heard running is bad for your knees?

My answer is WAYYYYYYYY TOOOO MUCH

More and more research is suggesting this common belief is completely wrong. Here are 2 of the most talked about studies over the last 5 years. Both have shown the beneficial effects of running on our knees.

“The Association of Recreational and Competitive Running With Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”

“Recreational runners have significantly lower rates of hip and knee osteoarthritis arthritis compared to sedentary individuals and competitive runners”

Alentorn-Geli E, Samuelsson K, Musahl V, Green CL, Bhandari M, Karlsson J. The Association of Recreational and Competitive Running With Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2017 Jun;47(6):373-390. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2017.7137. Epub 2017 May 13. PMID: 28504066.
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 “Can marathon running improve knee damage of middle-aged adults? A prospective cohort study”

Improvement to damaged subchondral bone of the tibial and femoral condyles was found following the marathon in novice runners

or in common terms this study showed decrease in arthritic damage to the knee joint following marathon training.

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What does this mean?!

Tissues regenerate, heal, and strengthen when we place optimal load on them. These results suggest that recreational running, may offer optimal loading that allows our knees to withstand and reverse natural degenerative we see in many of our joints that come with aging. Running will also offer countless other cardiovascular respiratory benefits, that running should be a staple of your lifestyle. So get out and run! 🏃‍♀️ 🏃

PSA please start slow and gradually build up how much and how intense you are running . If you are thinking about getting into running and don’t know how to start, please do not hesitate to reach out!

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