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Does Running Ruin Your Joints?

A study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found no evidence of accelerated rates of osteoarthritis among long-distance runners.

Further, weight-bearing exercise like running helps stave off osteoporosis by maintaining bone mineral density.

Study source:
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
August 2008; 35(2):133-8


With good movement mechanics, running will not cause early wear on your bones and joints. With injurious poor movement habits, of course, you can wear and injure the joints.

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Dr. Bookspan is an award-winning scientist whose goal is to make exercise easier and healthier.