With exercise against osteoarthritis: how running strengthens the joints

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Jeff Horseman got into journalism because he liked to write and stunk at math. He grew up in Vermont and he honed his interviewing skills as a supermarket cashier by asking Bernie Sanders “Paper or plastic?” After graduating from Syracuse University in 1999, Jeff began his journalistic odyssey at The Watertown Daily Times in upstate New York, where he impressed then-U.S. Senate candidate Hillary Clinton so much she called him “John” at the end of an interview. From there, he went to Annapolis, Maryland, where he covered city, county and state government at The Capital newspaper. Today, Jeff writes about anything and everything. Along the way, Jeff has covered wildfires, a tropical storm, 9/11 and the Dec. 2 terror attack in San Bernardino. If you have a question or story idea about politics or the inner workings of government, please let Jeff know. He’ll do his best to answer, even if it involves a little math.

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Does running really harm the joints?

In order for the joints to remain healthy, they must be regularly moved. This is the only way to prevent wear and injuries.

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This question is asked by many who are thinking about starting training. For a long time it was believed that running leads to wear. A misconception: only exercise keeps the joints healthy. Listen to the new episode of our podcast ” She’s running. He’s running.”

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Even when I started running a few years ago, I repeatedly encountered the phrase: “Oh, I can’t do that, my joints.”Then usually followed an affected look and sometimes a casual rubbing over the knee. At that time, it was also when an orthopedist advised me: “Do not run, this will only lead to arthrosis.”Although the elderly gentleman with a white coat worked at a prestigious university hospital, I decided to ignore his advice at the time. It may sound reckless, but I relied on my feelings at the time. And that told me: exercise is good.

The cartilage needs movement, this is the only way it works well

Today, many, many years later, I know that I did everything right. In the meantime, you know that especially running is good for the joints. There are even now physicians who say that many of their patients only need artificial joints because they move far too little. The idea behind it: the human organism needs spout so that it functions flawlessly. If he doesn’t get it, he’ll get hurt. Not only on the cardiovascular system – but also on the joints.

In the new episode of the podcast ” She runs. He runs ” is all about joints and sports. With my co-host Mike Kleiß, I talk about why the cartilage between the joints in particular benefits from exercise. We are cleaning up with some widespread prejudices. And answer the important question: can everyone actually walk? Listen in, then you will also find out why the phrase:” My joints do not tolerate this ” is not true in the vast majority of cases. And how walks can be the best start to a great running career.

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