Running Machine Reduces Joint Impact

 

Running Machine

Running Machine

Running is great exercise. If the goal is running a marathon, outdoor running is probably better training than a running machine. If the goal is a simple jog or just exercise in general, though, a running machine works great.

For runners with joint problems, including knees and hips, there is less weight bearing on the joints when using a running machine. The same goes for runners who are overweight. Since there is cushioning on the surface, the initial impact on the joints is lighter, but because of the constant pace, the osteoporosis risk is greater.

Outdoor running requires different muscle contractions that cannot be duplicated by a running machine. As well, the surface changes cause a step and pace change that will increase fitness levels.

Whether using a running machine or the great outdoors, exercise is very beneficial, and the mental and physical impacts can lead to a longer, healthier life.

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One Response to “Running Machine Reduces Joint Impact”

  1. Amber
    February 16, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    I think that having a running machine is a good alternative to walking in the snow or the rain, but I think everyone should have to get outside and walk/run. It helps to build other muscles since some terrain is a little different and you are strengthening muscles that help build when you have to step to correct for that.

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