New studies suggest running might not be linked to arthritis sufferers. People have thought for years, running or jogging caused arthritis or intensified symptoms. However, a couple of very established sources say the opposite.
According to The American Academy of Rehabilitation and Medicine, low and moderate volume runners appear to have no more risk of developing osteoarthritis than non runners. The current studies are inconclusive when trying to link arthritis to running.
In addition to these findings, Runners World also jumped on the opportunity to share even more good news. According to their website, running as been linked to lower arthritis rates than walking is. Running epidemiologist, Paul Williams, PH.D conducted a test in which he collected data from different runners. He not only concluded runners have only half the risk of developing arthritis as walkers, but also that the runners doing the most mileage had a lower risk of hip replacement.
Past studies have stated humans might not even be designed for running, but Williams’ tests prove the opposite. He concludes people are designed for the straight ahead walking and running action rather than the more unnatural elements of other sports, such as gymnastics and football.
Running is commonly demonized in society because of the belief it’s too hard on the human body because of its high impact. However, these risks seem to exist only in the presence of a high body mass index. Both the AARM and Williams’ studies have suggested where an optimal BMI is present, the likelihood of running related pain is decreased. So in other words, weight loss and muscle gain can help to eliminate body pain from running or jogging.
For many, running can help relieve arthritis pain and it’s been proven movement is essential for arthritis sufferers. Arthritic patients who don’t feel comfortable running can start walking and increase speed and mileage a small amount at a time. Sports such as cycling or swimming might be better for people who have arthritis, but a low to moderate amount of jogging or running more than likely won’t increase symptoms, especially if done on softer surfaces.
For some, these finding probably seem twisted or false as running can be painful at times. However, in cases where people don’t have arthritis, they aren’t likely to develop it because of cardio exercise. In addition, arthritic people should be careful in how much they increase jogging or running but in most cases, cardio can greatly help eliminate the pain arthritis inflicts on its sufferers. Most physicians would probably agree with the studies; don’t let arthritis stop you from your daily run.