It is believed that long distance running can cause swelling and sore knees. That is a myth since running can actually help reduce joint inflammation.
– Researchers have found little evidence of signs of inflammation in the knee joint after a 30 minute run.
– In the younger and healthy individuals, exercise has the advantage of being anti-inflammatory which has long-term benefits to the knee joint.
– Running can therefore have the benefits of delaying the onset of degenerative joint disease such as osteoarthritis.
“This study does not indicate that distance runners are any more likely to get osteoarthritis than any other person,” Seeley said. “Instead, this study suggests exercise can be a type of medicine.”
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