For many years we have heard people say “Running is bad for your knees.” Based on current evidence, we know that to be absolutely not true. Even better, this study found that changes to cartilage after running are transient. Cartilage recovers well from running bouts and can adapt to repeated exposure.
The key here is that your body ADAPTS. Your body makes adjustments and learns how to manage loads you introduce it to. You are resilient!
Our advice? Build up your running volume gradually, and enjoy running for as long as you possibly can. It’s good for you! To build volume gradually, we recommend no more than a 5-15% increase in total running volume per week. If you are new to running, stay closer to 5% increases. More experienced runners may be able to tolerate a 15% increase in their training program.
Running is not bad for your knees and has many health benefits. If you are a runner who needs help with your program or are experiencing any nagging pains, reach out to us today. We can’t wait to help you reach your goals.
Bonus: Check out our video below for a great running warm up.