Some people are put off running fearing it is bad for bones and joints but there is a fair amount of evidence for the reverse effect. A 2014 study found that runners were significantly less likely to go on to suffer from osteoarthritis or need hip replacements.
The latest research from the Norwegian School of Sports Science suggests that “The skeleton is kind of like a slow adapting muscle. It adapts to the strain you put on it. Running, jumping, changing direction – all that sends a signal to the bone that it needs to get stronger to adapt.”
The menopause causes an increased risk of osteoporosis and women are being encouraged to spend six minutes a week jumping to cut the risk. The Osteoporosis Foundation encourage anyone at risk to follow a programme of weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercises. Read more here: www.nof.org
I’m not into trying to convince people that one form of exercise is ‘better’ than another, that’s ridiculous, it’s all good! Just don’t rule out running because you think it might be bad for your bones.