Posted on July 28, 2014
There's an interesting dichotomy with running in our society - you're either a runner or you're not. There seems to be a lot of individuals that follow this unwritten rule. While running may not be for everyone, we believe there are a lot of individuals in the "not a runner" category who could enjoy the benefits of running. Whether you actually enjoy running, or view it comparable to choking down your veggies at dinner (you do it because it's good for you), running can bring you excellent health benefits.
Two studies performed in 2008 demonstrated that running can give you long term benefits including increased muscle strength, aerobic capacity1, life span1,2, and decreased risk for disability2. One study also showed that runners are at no more risk for osteoarthritis than non-runners2. In fact, if you can improve your mechanics and form, your risk for running injuries will decrease even further.
Are you a runner who is just starting out? Make sure you start slow to prevent injury. You need to develop a base level of fitness before pushing your mileage or speed. Pay attention to what your body is telling you! It isn't normal to have pain when you run - especially if it worsens as you go. You may need to add in some cross-training and strengthening to treat and prevent injury - we can help with that! Your pain is telling you something is out of whack and physical therapists are the perfect provider to assess what the situation is.
At Corvallis Sport and Spine, our physical therapists are movement experts and are capable of breaking down your running mechanics and helping you improve your form via quick changes in mechanics, proper flexibility, and strengthening exercises. If you want to begin running or improve your current running, call us today at (541) 752-0545 in Corvallis, or (541) 928-1411 in Albany for your preferred appointment so we can help you work, live, play, and run again!
- Dane Happeny, DPT
- Chakravarty E, Hubert H, Lingala V, Fries J. Reduced disability and mortality among aging runners. Arch Intern Med. 2008;168(15):1638-1646.
- Chakravarty E, Hubert H, Lingala V, Zatarain E, Fries J. Long-distance running and knee osteoarthritis. Am J Prev Med. 2008;35(2):133-138.