Is running healthy for the joints?

Is running healthy for the joints?

Running has many health benefits. It strengthens the heart, increases stamina, improves blood circulation and lung function, and releases the hormone serotonin, which makes us feel happier. Overall, running reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. 

Although running is good for us and is one of the most effective ways to burn subcutaneous fat, there are concerns about whether it is healthy for the joints. You may come across information that running increases the risk of joint injury and cartilage wear, as well as the counter-argument that moderate running can strengthen joints. However, this view has been abandoned, and several studies have shown that running promotes joint health.

In general, moderate running is perfectly safe and beneficial for most people. However, it is essential to listen to your body and avoid overexertion.

Running and joint pain

Running can be associated with joint pain, especially if we don't run properly or have an excessive load. The repetitive impact during running can cause wear and tear on the cartilage, increasing the risk of arthritis. 

Therefore, people with previous joint injuries or arthritis should be careful when running. And if necessary, they should consult their doctor to see if running is a suitable activity for them.

Support your joints with joint nutrition

If you already choose to run, it's a good idea to support the health of your joints, ideally with a dietary supplement with collagen, which is essential for cartilage strength and durability.

Run properly

To reduce the risk of joint injuries, you need to have good running technique, breathe well, and wear appropriate footwear. Good-quality running shoes with shock absorption can reduce the stress on joints and cartilage and minimise the risk of injury.

The advantage of running is that you can start it anytime and anywhere. You don't need expensive sports equipment, just good quality running shoes, and you're good to go. So, if running appeals to you, don't be afraid to try it. Just remember to be aware of your body, and if you're worried about your joints, talk to your GP about whether you might prefer another type of exercise.

 

July and August opening period

Dear clients,

We are excited to announce our summer opening hours, ensuring we are here to serve you during the months of July and August.

Monday                                8:00 am - 8:00 pm 

Tuesday to Thursday         8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Friday                                   8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Please be advised that we will be closed on July 5th due to a national holiday. We apologize for any inconvenience caused during this brief closure.

Thank you for your continued trust and support.

Warm regards,

Unicare Medical Team