There have been a belief that if you run your knees might get sore and swollen; this, however, has been proven wrong by the new study released in December 2016 by Brigham Young University. Running is good for knees it can reduce inflammation in the joints. The study suggests that the idea that long distance running can be bad for the knee is a myth. After analyzing the fluid found around the knee joint, they concluded that the exercise could delay the process of joint inflammation.

Further Studies suggest that running is not only good for your joints but also for your general health. It is a part of physical exercises that every individual ought to have regularly.  You don’t need to be an athlete to start running, you just need to have that urge and set the goal you want to achieve in the running. You can start small by running around your neighborhood or at the park. It is easy and cheap, but it has so many benefits such as lowering cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure, increase metabolism rate and improve heart health.

When we hear about joint pain, all that comes to our mind is arthritis. It is a common term to refer to joint pain or joint disease. It’s one the major cause of disability in America. The joints are affected by arthritis, and there are swelling, pain, and stiffness. These symptoms come and go and can range from mild to severe. Those suffering from arthritis use medication such as cream to ease the pain. Running, however, can be a natural way to prevent and control the intensity of arthritis. Before I show you how let as first look at the types of arthritis.

Types of Arthritis

There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. These conditions can affect anybody no matter their ages, sexes, or races. Research shows that it is the main cause of disability in the USA and more than 300,000 children and 50 million adults have some types of arthritis. Arthritis is divided into four different forms; these include:

  1. Degenerative arthritis – osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in this category
  2. Inflammatory arthritis – where the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints
  3. Infectious arthritis – this is where a bacteria or a fungi gets into the joint and causes and inflammation
  4. Metabolic arthritis – this is whereby uric acid is formed in the body and builds up to form needle-like crystals around the joints.

Let us now look in depth the most common types of arthritis.

  1. Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common condition among those people with arthritis. It is usually the wear and tear of the joint when they are overused. This is common in aging individuals, but it can also be available in obese individuals. The stress caused by excess weight in obese or injury can cause this type of arthritis. Joints are mostly affected because they are the ones that bear weight such as knees, hips, spine and feet.  The symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, pain while walking, and swelling of the joints.

  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis

It’s autoimmune arthritis whereby the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints. This leads to inflammation that can cause excessive joint damage. The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are severe compared to those of osteoarthritis. These symptoms include swelling of the joints that never goes away, stiffness, and severe joint pains.

Arthritis Running

Running is very crucial to individuals with arthritis. It tends to increase flexibility and strength as well as reducing joint pain. The idea of running for people with arthritis may seem difficult because of the stiff joints and pain that is already pushing them down. But the good this is that you don’t have to run a marathon to reduce arthritis symptoms. A moderate exercise can ease the pain and help you maintain a healthy weight. This might not seem convincing enough but read on to get a better understanding of the importance of exercise for people with arthritis.

  • It assists you to maintain bone strength
  • It strengthens the muscles around the joints
  • Helps in management of weight
  • It improves your body balance
  • Running gives you more energy to take you through the day
  • Due to reduced pain after exercising, you will get a good night sleep
  • In help, you maintain a good life quality

Lack of exercises can worsen the pain around your joints and can make the joint stiffer. It is, therefore, important to maintain a regular exercising routine to keep the muscles around the joint strong.

Conclusion

It is vivid that running is a good exercise especially for people with arthritis. To have an easy time starting off this crucial exercise you can apply JointFlex cream around the joint to ease the pain and then start exercising. Moderate intensity activity such as running is the starting point and the most effective exercise. If done most days of every week, you will get good results.

Author's Bio: 

Evlin Symon is a freelance health writer from New Jersey. She enjoys learning about a wide variety of wellness issues and staying up-to-date on the latest research. She is the author of many active blogs