Does Running Cause Arthritis?

Is there any truth behind the claims that running is bad for your knees? Find out!

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It's good to know that running doesn't cause Arthritis, however, I'm a long way from even thinking that I would enjoy running. However, a month ago, I hated walking, but that's changing. Perhaps I'll be a runner in the future :-)
I speed walk, jog, and sprint on my treadmill which is fairly new and has great shocks. I can definitely tell the difference on my joints when I exercise on concrete or asfault. Good to know...would love to do a 5k or 10k but I'm a bit nervous of the impact on my joints.
That is good to learn that running will not cause joint problems. My Friend thinks walking caused hers. She was on asphalt trails.
My orthopedic surgeon disagrees with this video and points out that it doesn't account for all the people who stopped running or never could run because of arthritis or other injuries. If you include them in the 'runner' category instead of the 'non-runner' category, the statistics would show completely different results. Moreover, walking and running burn the same number of calories per mile and have the same bone/muscle benefit but walking does not cause the injuries running does. I think this video could be giving the wrong impression to people!
I have both an elliptical and a treadmill in my home gym, and I use the elliptical regularly because it burns more calories in less time and is easier on my body. I jog/walk on my treadmill 5 to 10 times a month to break up my cardio routine.
I can't help wondering if the study showed that runners didn't have any more arthritis than non-runners because people with arthritis were not runners. Thus, you would expect that runners would have less arthritis, not the same amount. It could be that running was causing an increase in arthritis that we can't see because of the nature of the comparison.
I'm not a runner and never will be. Why should I run when I love walking (and hate running!). However my 68 year-old husband was a runner for years. He ran 3 to 4 miles at least a couple times a week. He loved running, got that runners high. I used to ride my bike along side him. He had to stop running several years ago because as his doctor put it his achilles are shredded. He also has knee pain but would run through that given the chance. James is so much healthier than his younger siblings. I attribute his better health to all those years of running. Despite his current achilles problem I would recommend running to anyone who enjoys it. I would also recommend checking with a phsyical trainer or somesuch if possible to make sure you're doing the correct exercises correctly to help keep your joints in good repair.
I used to run but stopped because I was not loosing weight.
would love to be a runner
that's reassuring especially for an old fart like me!
I enjoyed this video, as I am trying to get in a shape so I will be able to run someday. Just afraid right now. Hopefully one day my dream of being able to run will come true. A lot of my family are very active runners.
Great article. I just might start running.
Great tips.
I have arthritis all over and have always wondered if it was caused by all the walking I did when I was younger...
I used to love to run, in my younger years but now, with an artificial hip, pain in both knees, most of the time, both due to arthritis, I leave it to the younger generation. I am allowed to ski again, walk a lot, work out (strength train) with a trainer, at least twice a week, and swim and golf in spring through fall. At 73 years of age, I am happy to be able to still move quite a bit.