NEW studies support the fact that running or walking may actually provide significant benefits to your knee cartilage, helping to keep you healthy and mobile as you age!
I think anyone who runs has heard that it’s bad for their knees. That it’s not “if” but “when” those knees would fail. Right? Have YOU heard that in the last 5 years? I have.
But, new studies support running (and walking) actually promotes benefits to your knee cartilage, helping to keep your knees healthy as years pass.
The University of Maryland used “gait analysis”, musculoskeletal modeling and knee contact mechanics to analyze how running impacts knee cartilage. When measured, knees take a pounding, absorbing up to 3 times an individual’s body weight with each step. The study found that running is NOT associated with higher risk of developing osteoarthritis.
Dr. Ross Miller wanted to know if cartilage withstands running induced stress and, rather than wearing down, adapts and becomes more resilient – something previously revealed in animal studies.
The study was conducted on 22 healthy participants, who ran and walked while data was gathered. The findings were that the knee cartilage can and, in most cases, will repair itself and become stronger, thicker…the arthritis incidence fell to just 13% – down from 36% for those over 55.
Doesn’t this remind you of the old “coffee causes cancer” scare of a decade ago?