Runner? How are You Protecting Your Joints?

By on 09/22/2015

Joint and athlete support Extra StrengthJust like any other mechanical system, joints can wear out over time.

If you are a runner or jogger, your timeline to joint injury is likely much shorter, as your joints are put under repetitive use and stress more often.

The most common areas of joint pain for runners are: knees, hips, spine, ankles and even the big toe (Seriously!).

However, this is not an excuse to stop running!!! The benefits of running far outweigh the risk of joint pain and injury!

Running does the following for you:

  • Help burn calories
  • Increase cardio strength and health
  • Strengthen bones
  • Increase mental health
  • Boost immune system
  • Increase memory
  • Increase energy levels
  • Increase confidence
  • Decrease fat reserves
  • Increase your chances of looking fabulous in a pair of skinny jeans

So strap on a well fitting pair of running shoes, download a fun running app, and go hit the road! Running is a fantastic way to stay healthy, active and even meet new people!

Here are some simple tips on how to avoid joint injury while running

Start your training properly. This means don’t bite off more than you can chew. Start off with shorter distances to give your body and joints time to become accustomed to the new workout routine you are putting them through. If you are overweight, that additional weight will put more stress on your joints too. Running will certainly help you shed those pounds, but while in the process of doing so, don’t push your body too hard.

As much as you can, avoid running on hard concrete. Its better to run on clay, dirt, or grass. Hard concrete is like death to your joints as it has zero give and sends all the impact back up your body, negatively affecting your joints.

Take proper joint support supplements proactively. Take a glucosamine-based joint support supplement now, before any pain or injury starts. Glucosamine is an essential part of cartilage and helps joints maintain strength and flexibility. If you do start having joint problems, this supplement will actually help you recover.  Knee pain running

Wear proper running shoes. People walk and run in many different ways, putting stress on different areas of their feet first. Every gait is different and you need the right pair of shoes to protect yourself from injury. When first starting out, look for a local runner’s shop that has experts who can help you choose the right pair of shoes. They will watch you run and walk and then determine what is best for your gait. Don’t let sticker shock get you either. It’s much better to buy a pair of shoes that costs twice as much as some general shoes from Walmart, but those high-end shoes will also last twice as long and will be a great ally in protecting your joints from strain.

Stretch, stretch, stretch. Never start off a run with a cold body. You need to stretch out your muscles, joints and ligaments first. Here is a helpful diagram of some great pre-running stretches you should always do:

streteching for runners

Listen to your body. If you start feeling tightness, sharp pains, throbbing or other non-normal sensations in any of your joints, back off for a bit. Run a shorter distance, stretch and ice the area and give it some time to heal. Listening to an early warning sign can allow you to recover 10x faster than pushing through the pain and causing a much more serious, long-term injury.

Running is a fantastic exercise that, with a little fore-knowledge and insight, can be an amazing hobby and safe way to maintain optimal physical health. You now know how to proactively protect your joints and thus not have to worry about serious injury down the road. Now go get ’em!

Joint pain running

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