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Walking again—tentatively

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This article makes me think I should set out walking once more—and Spring is definitely here. I wonder about these shoes. I do have flat feet, however, and wear orthotics. OTOH, maybe those shoes would strengthen and raise the arch of my foot by exercising my foot muscles more.

From the article:

Lane did some of the very first studies of runners and knees while she was a resident at Stanford University.

“We wanted to answer the important question of whether, if you continued to run into your 50s and 60s and even 70s, you also ran the risk of damaging the knees,” she says. The answer, she says: absolutely not. And there was an extra bonus: While enthusiasm for jogging seemed to diminish as people hit their mid-60s, Lane says they were still more inclined than the non-joggers to get out and exercise.

“They were active doing other activities, like walking, yoga, water aerobics,” she says. “We found that as these people aged, not only did they feel better about themselves, but their quality of life was better and they tended to actually live longer” than the non-joggers.

So, the message for joggers like the Riders, who hope to be jogging all their lives, is a hearty two thumbs up.

Lane cautions that if you have suffered a knee injury, especially one that required surgery, running can actually increase your risk of knee arthritis. So can routinely running really fast — at a five- or six-minute-mile pace — or running in a marathon. Lane’s best advice? Running in moderation, at an eight- to 10-minute mile pace, for about 40 minutes a day.But if people are more than 20 pounds overweight, Lane says they shouldn’t start off with an intense running regimen.

“I have them walk and walk until they’re to a point where I think their body mass is reduced enough that it won’t traumatize their joints,” she says. Otherwise, significantly overweight joggers run the risk of that extra weight stressing the knee to the point of inflammation, the formation of bony spurs and accelerated cartilage loss.

Written by LeisureGuy

3 April 2011 at 10:17 am

Posted in Daily life, Fitness

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