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Old 04-16-2013, 09:00 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Hello,

I recently started jogging/running on a treadmill at the gym to mitigate a minor medical issue. That's been resolved, but I've found that I really enjoy it. I hated running in high school, but maybe it was because I was forced to do it while now I'm doing it on my own accord. Anyway, I would like to keep at it since I've been feeling much better physically. My only concern is the effect it could have on my joints. I read a few articles that suggest studies don't show a correlation with running and joint problems, but it's still a concern of mine. Logically the benefits outweigh the potential negatives, but I'm interested in hearing your thoughts and experiences.

Thanks
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I've found that I really enjoy it.

You actually enjoy running OR do you enjoy the feeling of the workout? If the latter, consider something like swimming or cycling which are easier on your body. Or, an elliptical machine if you want to join a gym. Running is one of the more high impact aerobic activities. Of course it is is more likely to give you joint or back or foot or knee or hip or ankle or dog bite problems compared to many other aerobic activities.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:10 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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You actually enjoy running OR do you enjoy the feeling of the workout?
Probably both. I don't know, I like the routine and running while listening to music. I'll have to mix it up and take up the elliptical and swimming.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:19 AM
 
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Hello,

I recently started jogging/running on a treadmill at the gym to mitigate a minor medical issue. That's been resolved, but I've found that I really enjoy it. I hated running in high school, but maybe it was because I was forced to do it while now I'm doing it on my own accord. Anyway, I would like to keep at it since I've been feeling much better physically. My only concern is the effect it could have on my joints. I read a few articles that suggest studies don't show a correlation with running and joint problems, but it's still a concern of mine. Logically the benefits outweigh the potential negatives, but I'm interested in hearing your thoughts and experiences.

Thanks

One thing that will help protect your joints is getting a quality running shoe and replacing at least once a year (some of my friends replace theirs every 6 months). I would suggest going to a good shoe store (I love New Balance) where they actually examine your foot (size, pronation, pressure points, etc.) and recommend the best shoe. They may be pricey (my last pair of walking shoes was $130 and my wife running shoes were $120), but you're body will thank you in the long run.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Whatever you do, if you're going to run, please don't be a moron who runs in the street WITH TRAFFIC when there is a perfectly good sidewalk available. This, while running into the sun (blinding drivers coming from behind you) while wearing headphones (preventing you from hearing the drivers), and pushing a baby carriage (so the driver can kill both you and your kids while he's texting).
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:16 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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One thing that will help protect your joints is getting a quality running shoe and replacing at least once a year (some of my friends replace theirs every 6 months). I would suggest going to a good shoe store (I love New Balance) where they actually examine your foot (size, pronation, pressure points, etc.) and recommend the best shoe. They may be pricey (my last pair of walking shoes was $130 and my wife running shoes were $120), but you're body will thank you in the long run.
Thanks, I'll have to look into good shoes and shop around.
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:00 PM
 
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One thing that will help protect your joints is getting a quality running shoe and replacing at least once a year (some of my friends replace theirs every 6 months). I would suggest going to a good shoe store (I love New Balance) where they actually examine your foot (size, pronation, pressure points, etc.) and recommend the best shoe. They may be pricey (my last pair of walking shoes was $130 and my wife running shoes were $120), but you're body will thank you in the long run.
I can't stress enough how true this is.

I was having issues with feet and knees before going and getting my run evaluated. Getting the right, quality shoes cleared up the issues and made all the difference.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:22 AM
 
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what about running on the treadmill compared to doing it outside on a running track? What I learned is not to overdue it and to keep a good jogging speed. I had to tell myself that I was jogging not running. For 40 minutes there is no reason to be doing it at the speed of 8 mph, so I stick with my average speed which is 6.8.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:29 AM
 
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I've been running almost daily for the past 8 years, have completed 6 full marathons and 20 half marathons. I've had small injuries, aches, and pains here and there but for the most part, I've still been going strong. Cycling and swimming don't give me the same "high" that running does.

Get good shoes, stick on dirt paths/treadmills, listening to your body. You'll be fine.

Enjoy those endorphins!
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:32 AM
 
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I've been running almost daily for the past 8 years, have completed 6 full marathons and 20 half marathons. I've had small injuries, aches, and pains here and there but for the most part, I've still been going strong. Cycling and swimming don't give me the same "high" that running does.

Get good shoes, stick on dirt paths/treadmills, listening to your body. You'll be fine.

Enjoy those endorphins!


is there certain foods you eat to make the bones stronger, any advice
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