Runner's Knee
Runner's Knee

Can Running Harm The Knees?

Runner's Knee
Runner’s Knee

As the year closes, many people are making plans to start fresh in the New Year. You may be one of them. It’s time to get in shape, you tell yourself, and you’re getting ready. You’re going to get a nice pair of running shoes, and you’re going to get out there every morning and put on your headphones and just go. Running is great, it can help you lose weight, get nimble, and start a new fitness regime, but it could also spell disaster if you aren’t aware of what it can do to your knees. Running can be fun, but it could also be the single worst thing that you do to your body. Here are a few notes that you should understand about running today.

The Jolt of Weight

Assuming that you’re not an athlete or an avid runner already, you’re going to be in for some pain. If you’re running on concrete, you’re going to be putting all of your upper body’s weight onto your knee joints and ankles. That is going to cause you a great deal of pain. When your body puts that weight on these joints, the pain springs up through the back, and you could find yourself without mobility for some time. Just 15 to 20 minutes of this activity and you’ll be wishing that you never started running to begin with.

Preventing Runner’s Knee

If you still want to run, and you are adamant about getting out there and changing your life, don’t panic. Running is not an evil thing. However, you cannot start running miles on day one. As you begin your quest to exercise, perhaps it’s best to start with walking. Walk for 30 minutes a day, 4 times a week. Then when you start to see results from that, start to lightly jog for a few minutes, then walk again. Do not push yourself. In fact, don’t push yourself until you feel that the walking and jogging you do is far too easy. Then slowly introduce running into your life.

Running can absolutely harm your knees. It could also cause serious damage to your ankles, back, and overall well being. On day one, don’t push it. In fact, go slow, and build up at least 6 months before you start to run full time. Otherwise, get ready to feel the sting and pain that comes from Runner’s Knee.