Did you listen to Ruth Heidrich's Brilliant Body Health Summit talk? She is in her late 70's and has been running for over 40 years without problems.
Learn a light impact running technique like Chi Running or stick to soft surfaces and that should help.
I have been running since I was 11 or 12. Am 54 now and no bad knees. The people I see with bad knees are those who don't exercise, not those that do.
Yes sir! Knees are built to run. You don't use it, you lose it. You need that impact to keep stimulating regeneration of cartiledge etc - just like if you don't use a muscle it will atrophy.
wow i hope you are right Peter.
I was running 4 or 5 years and ruined my knees. But that was because I was training harder and not smarter. I was always heel striking which is bad for the knees. Now I run lightly again using my forefoot with the pose method. Generally running, especially slower, will not be bad for the knees. I should just have improved my technique earlier.
that is scary flex... I used to run so much as well and i began getting pain in the knees. I think i jogged around the world and back i ran so much. Maybe its my technique as well???? i havent jogged for ages and my knees are perfect, i do not want to ruin them again???
I thought Harley frequently runs 5Ks and marathons..
Jogging = bad knees is a myth. You need (NEED) impact exercise to strengthen your joints. Osteoarthritis happens to people who DON'T run, and people with knee injuries. If you run with proper form, barefoot, you won't get "bad knees" later in life, now or in a hundred years.
Feel free to look it up on PubMed. Impact exercise is good for the knee. We are "born to run."
peter do i have to run barefoot????
like said by others- running will make your knees (and more) stronger. Unless you already have bad knees- dont blame running- same as blaming the fruit if your still eating crap aside it.
I train with guys who have run 1000+ marathons AND ultra's- they are 100 times stronger than the no runners.
In a study they followed runner vs. non-runners for 20 years, and it turned out the runners joint were actually healthier than those who didn't exercise. You won't get bad knees at an old age from running.
It is important though, that you choose an exercise that you enjoy, and it doesn't have to be running.
As for Harley, he doesn't jog, he RUNS, and pretty fast! He won quite a few 5K races as far as I know.