Raising oxygen levels through running works wonders for weight management and fitness but sometimes it can be taxing on joints.
Knee and ankle problems are common complaints among runners but there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the risk of joint-related injuries.
According to diet and fitness expert Laura Williams, it is essential to undergo cross-training and resistance workouts to protect your joints.
She said: "Good joint health can be maintained by resistance training, so that the large body muscle groups are strong and powerful enough to support the forces transferred up through the body when you're running."
Cycling and swimming are two good examples of low-impact aerobic exercises that will keep your heart working while reducing the stress on joints.
Ms Williams advised runners to ensure their footwear is well-fitted with good cushioning, while specialist running stores are often in a good position to offer best practice for healthy hips, back and knees.
Posted by James Worrall
31/07/2012 14:35:35Subscribe to the News RSS feed