By WIN Contributor: Tania Mannella, Physiotherapist
I may not win any marathons or sprint races, but when I run I do like to challenge myself in ways that works for me. That's the one thing I love about running. I can go alone, with a partner or in a group. I can increase my speed, my distance, my incline, my terrain and I am still challenging myself…. for me. I may increase my 10km time by three minutes and some people would laugh at the time, yet some would be in awe. It doesn’t matter because if I’m happy with the time, then I win. So, yes running IS good for you, in so many ways. Socially, physically and mentally …… as long as you don’t go to extremes.
According to a systematic review done in 2017 covering 22 studies and over 100 000 subjects, quite a few interesting results were found. One conclusion was that hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) was more prevalent in the non runners (10%) than the recreational runners (3.5%). They also found that recreational runners (yes, this is where I fit in) have a lower occurrence of hip and knee OA compared to non runners. Lastly, this one study found that a sedentary lifestyle and long exposure the high intensity (extreme) running are associated with hip and/or knee OA.
Bottom line you ask? Not too much, not too little... but just enough running benefits the body!! So there you have it, in a nutshell. Baby….we were still Born To Run. 😊