So you think you cannot run

Whenever visiting a clinic with an aching knee, doctors tend to advise that running is bad for knees in general. To add, if you happen to be top-heavy, it is bound that the impact on the joint is greater than normal. For every pound of weight a person carries – they have four pounds on the knee when running. In other words, if you weigh 100 pounds, 400 pounds of force is on the knee for every step taken.

In spite of the fact that most individuals know that jogging, or running, itself will not cause arthritis, they play it safe when running. For those who happen to have arthritis, these constant bone and bone contact and poor cartilage in their knee, running will deteriorate their condition and increase the pain. In the case where pain becomes such that it modifies the way you run, then it’s an ideal opportunity to stop and go see your doctor.

Unlike the hipbone which is a very nice ball and socket or the ankle, the knees may take in a great deal of strain to the ligament and the pressure to the cartilage will start to break it down. The C-shaped meniscal cartilage in the knee is more spongy spring which helps to balances out the thigh bone on top of the shin bone, and gives padding or cushioning as we run, hop or walk. Yet, over the long run, the cartilage can wear down and lose its sponginess, and thus not absorb as much shock. The bones then pound on each other harder, and from that friction, arthritis develops and worsens.

Arthritis can also depend on two element : how high your foot is lifted off the ground and strength you strike the ground. Joggers tend to strike with less force, sprinters will in general have longer strides and put more force on the knee. Not everybody hits the ground with the same relative amount of force. For those people who are heavier, that extra force is an issue.

Inherently, running is good and healthy for most people, but it’s a matter of the rate of progression and it’s essential to listen to your body. If you are getting knee pain when you go from 5 to 7 miles a day, that could be your threshold for you.

All in all, if your knees are healthy and you follow a sensible approach to running, you ought to not injure your knees. If you have knee pain under any circumstances, you should seek the advise before it becomes serious.

Weight-bearing activity like running, helps prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis as repetitive weight bearing motion are good for the joints. However when you are obese and you put too much stress on cartilage especially underneath the knee caps – the pressure on your knees is greater. Besides obese people, individuals who is has a genetic history of osteoarthritis, running may not be the best exercise for you.

Running is one of the simplest things to do in the world. So why aren’t you doing it?

There are various potential excuses including absences of motivation, desire, or not knowing where to begin

Initial Planning
Your initial step is to discover a jogging route and scribble down on your daily journal/schedule squeeze a running session You will need to figure out what sort of time commitment you can give. I recommend a short run twice a week if you are including gym sessions in your workout routine.

Logging Runs

It’s a lot simpler to monitor your runs with smart watches or smartphones with tons of great apps installed. While you are physically running, in some of the apps, there are customizable audio feedback on pace, total time and distance which is extremely helpful with motivation. Seeing all your runs add up, and being able to compare them over certain distances/routes can be really helpful

You may also use Smashrun, which is substantially more graphical way of displaying your runs. You can easily export your runs, and then import them, giving you a truly cool approach to look at your run and upload it to your social media.


Interestingly, by tuning in to the melodies, you get occupied

Most people like running with music, and I can totally get them. The biggest thing is that by listening to the songs, you get distracted. You focus on what you’re listening to, not what you’re doing (running). Do take note of the songs on the playlist as the possibility of a slow song coming on when you’re finding your sweet spot, or a song you’re just not in the mood for, can really put a damper on your run. Browse through Spotify to see the playlist of motivational songs to keep you persevering when running.


If you can run for roughly 30 minutes, then you’re in good shape (well, good enough to start participating in runs). Stamina is built up over time and with practice. No matter which route you choose, you need to make sure you actually do the runs. The more you run, the better shape you’ll be in, and the more comfortable you’ll be with the longer distance.

To finish off, I simply want to say that regardless of whether I know who you are or not, you can do this because I know that greatest enemy is always yourself.

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