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Studies show running does not cause arthritis in knees any more than walking

Did you know that walking and running are not much different when it comes to developing arthritis in the knees?

It has long been thought that running had semi-disastrous effects on body joints, the knees in particular, and that running, or too much running, was a common culprit for the development of arthritis in the knees.

However, research sheds a lot of light on this dimly lit topic and shows that this long-term belief isn’t necessarily true.

Until recently, most people, especially non-runners, were under the impression that strenuous sports activities such as running were alleged to increase the risk of developing arthritis and in fact, essentially ruin the knees.

In exchange, many opted for the less-strenuous version of walking, but according to the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, running doesn’t necessarily mean more arthritis than walking.

Another 2013 study by the National Runners’ Health Study found runners who covered 1.2 miles a day were at 15 percent lower risk of osteoarthritis and a 35 percent lower risk of hip replacement than those who were less active.

Regardless of age, running can be a healthy year-round activity. It’s important to note that while many runners do experience running-related knee injuries, patellofemoral pain syndrome or runner’s knee, this is completely unrelated to arthritis.

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