My orthopedic surgeon disagrees with this video and points out that it doesn't account for all the people who stopped running or never could run because of arthritis or other injuries. If you include them in the 'runner' category instead of the 'non-runner' category, the statistics would show completely different results. Moreover, walking and running burn the same number of calories per mile and have the same bone/muscle benefit but walking does not cause the injuries running does. I think this video could be giving the wrong impression to people!
I have both an elliptical and a treadmill in my home gym, and I use the elliptical regularly because it burns more calories in less time and is easier on my body. I jog/walk on my treadmill 5 to 10 times a month to break up my cardio routine.
6/24/2015 10:09:56 AM
I can't help wondering if the study showed that runners didn't have any more arthritis than non-runners because people with arthritis were not runners. Thus, you would expect that runners would have less arthritis, not the same amount. It could be that running was causing an increase in arthritis that we can't see because of the nature of the comparison.
5/23/2015 12:28:35 AM
I'm not a runner and never will be. Why should I run when I love walking (and hate running!). However my 68 year-old husband was a runner for years. He ran 3 to 4 miles at least a couple times a week. He loved running, got that runners high. I used to ride my bike along side him. He had to stop running several years ago because as his doctor put it his achilles are shredded. He also has knee pain but would run through that given the chance. James is so much healthier than his younger siblings. I attribute his better health to all those years of running. Despite his current achilles problem I would recommend running to anyone who enjoys it. I would also recommend checking with a phsyical trainer or somesuch if possible to make sure you're doing the correct exercises correctly to help keep your joints in good repair.
5/12/2015 5:18:57 AM
I used to run but stopped because I was not loosing weight.
I enjoyed this video, as I am trying to get in a shape so I will be able to run someday. Just afraid right now. Hopefully one day my dream of being able to run will come true. A lot of my family are very active runners.
I used to love to run, in my younger years but now, with an artificial hip, pain in both knees, most of the time, both due to arthritis, I leave it to the younger generation. I am allowed to ski again, walk a lot, work out (strength train) with a trainer, at least twice a week, and swim and golf in spring through fall. At 73 years of age, I am happy to be able to still move quite a bit.
I 100% agree with the video and the research. I've listened to the warnings from non runners for over 25 years and at age 66 I'm the only one without arthritis. Yes, if you have a joint problem to begin with, or are severely overweight, running is not the best choice, but otherwise give it a try. Pay careful attention to shoes, stretching and stop if you feel pain.
Continual impact of ANY sort can cause distress NOW or LATER. My father in law had terribly painful hands in later life because he used impact tools extensively. We just have to do WHAT we can, HOW we can, and AS LONG as we can and listen to what our bodies are telling us along our way.
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