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.
I have backed off from running because I thought it was contributing to my knee pain. It seems that a treadmill is not good for me, but running outside in the desert doesn't seem so bad. I'm happy to see that research is bearing this out a little.
Old injuries cause pain in later years, and that is a fact. I have a bit of arthritis in one finger and it never did anything more stressful than living and I never remember hurting it. I have read that even walking fast on cement or asphalt is much more stressful to the joints than walking on dirt, so running on those hard surfaces would be even more stressful. Also, running when one is overweight would be much more stressful, of course, than running when we are at the proper weight. I broke my big toe 2 years ago and the podiatrist told me that it was not a question of "if" but of "when" it would start to give me pain. I say, if you want to do it, do it, but be as careful as you can and hope for no injuries.
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