Science geek alert! Here’s some information about knees and running for you to muse over.
The other week I came across a really interesting article published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology that showed running appears to reduce inflammation in knee joints and may be beneficial for long-term joint health.
That’s right, running might actually keep your knees healthy.
Researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah measured inflammatory markers in synovial fluid taken from the knee joints of six healthy people before and after running for 30 minutes.
The study was very small: samples were taken from only six participants. But the researchers felt the study was valuable because it’s the first to measure these inflammatory markers in the knees of healthy people before and after exercise. In that sense it’s groundbreaking.
So the concern that running is bad for our knees is getting more and more to be an old wives tale.
Here’s the link to the article on Pubmed.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Happy, healthy running 🙂