NEW YORK -- Running is an activity that many people become addicted to. When a person runs or jogs they feel incredible because the endorfins work as a natural high and people feel elated.
The terminology used is called "Runner's High" and people become giddy and break through depression and continue to run frequently because it makes them feel so good.
The downside of running is that a person puts unduly stress and wear and tear on their knees which will compound and become an injury.
The knee joint is a relatively complex anatomical structure. In addition to a variety of ligaments to maintain stability and the presence of large muscle groups, internally, it is a classic example of a synovial joint. Both the femur and tibia are enclosed in a joint capsule lined with synovial tissue. While running you are running this eroding this cushioning that was designed to keep the bones in the legs apart from rubbing each other.
Then again studies have been done to find the negativity of running to be untrue. Many researchers discovered that running can improve your joints and make one stronger. It is my personal conclusion is that running on cement or asphalt can lead to alot of problems. Running on the earth, or the beach is my personal preference but I did have an ACL tear and that makes running a very arduous sport for me to undertake. I think people should walk and walk until they're to a point where I think their body mass is reduced enough that it won't traumatize their joints.
But if people are more than 20 pounds overweight, they shouldn't start off with an intense running regimen.
Otherwise, significantly overweight joggers run the risk of that extra weight stressing the knee to the point of inflammation, the formation of bony spurs and accelerated cartilage loss.
Exercise freaks want to replace this intense activity with another sport if they find their knees giving way, something that is solitary and they can do alone. Alot of those people realize that swimming is a great substitution because it puts zero impact on the joints, specifically the knees, and it can be done alone.
Stretching exercises are the first step, after icing and rest, to recovering from
runner's knee. Runner's knee stretches often focus on the quadriceps and
hamstrings, two muscles that directly affect the amount of pressure put on your
knee. Lie down on the ground with your knees bent and back flat on the floor.
From this position, extend your right leg up and away from your body.
Once it is extended, place both of your arms gently under your knee, bringing
the leg up and in towards your body. Hold for several seconds before relaxing.
Repeat with the left leg.
Non-impacting exercises for runner's knee are aimed at helping improve your
range of motion as well as strengthening the muscles around your knee without
putting any force on the knee as you do so. While very few exercises succeed
in being completely non-impacting, most low-impact exercises will help you
recover from runner's knee without re-injuring yourself.
Swimming exercises are a non-impacting form of exercise that can help you strengthen your knee and the muscles around it. Swimming exercises range from regular freestyle swimming strokes to walking exercises in the water. To perform a basic kicking exercise, swim to the edge of the pool, placing both hands securely on the edge. From here, begin kicking your legs up and down in the water. Kick until you are fatigued or until you feel any pain in your knee.
Consult your doctor if your knee pain persists or worsens
"Swimming is a good muscle-building exercise because the water provides
resistance that makes the muscles work harder. Doctors frequently recommend swimming to help injured athletes to stay in shape. Swimming keeps their muscles strong and buoyancy prevents further injury.
Swimming also strengthens postural muscles, or the muscle groups in your torso that enable you to stand erect. While swimming strengthens your arms and legs, it also works your abdominal and back muscles. Swim to strengthen your core muscles enough to support your own weight.
Swimming is an excellent exercise for you, especially if you suffer from a chronic disease like arthritis. You are more buoyant in water, allowing you to move stiff joints while bearing less weight. Additionally, buoyancy frees your body to move in different ways than when you are out of the water, exercising important postural muscles.
Swimming and warm water therapy decrease anxiety and depression while improving the mood of fibromyalgia patients. Swimming in a cool pool is a great way to safely exercise on a hot day, reducing the risk of heat stroke. Family swim sessions instill a life-long passion for exercise and good health in children, as well as giving families an excuse to enjoy time together. Swimming helps develop strength and coordination in children, increasing your child's chances of continuing healthy exercise patterns for life.
Swimming helps the aging human body because you are able to swim well into your senior years, unlike other forms of exercise better suited to young people. Swimming maintains or even improves bone health in post-menopausal women,Senior citizens respond positively to swimming by improving exercise habits and decreasing activity of daily living disabilities."according to LIVESTRONG article Jun 15, 2011 | Lynn Hetzler
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