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.
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.
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