Joint Health For Runners
Running can be a transformative practice for the mind and body. While fitness fads cycle in and out, each claiming to be the next big thing, running is free, requires next to no equipment, and burns more calories than any other mainstream exercise. Beginner and expert runners alike often say they feel addicted to running, and that the daily challenge is key to their balanced well-being.
While it may be a mood-boosting, calorie-burning jackpot of endorphins, running can also be very demanding on the body. Each time you make contact with the ground, the impact sends a significant force through your ankles, knees, and hips, leaving joints vulnerable to wear and tear. Runners of all ages report feeling aches and stiffness in their joints, most often in the knees (see Runner’s Knee).
Stretching before and after a run and staying properly hydrated will help keep your stamina high and pain low. Foods and supplements that support and protect joints are crucial for runners, especially those who are over 65 or have chronic joint conditions.
What is Runner’s Knee?
Runner’s knee, or Patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a general term for pain around the kneecap. Runner’s knee doesn’t refer to one particular injury, nor is it necessarily specific to running, but can be caused by any activity that demands repetitive impact with the ground.
Patellofemoral refers to the joint that links the kneecap and the femur. As our knee bends, ideally the patella slides over a lubricated groove on the thighbone to facilitate the movement. However if the kneecap slides to either side of the groove, the bones will rub together, causing friction and irritation. You may hear a creak or a pop when the kneecap is misplaced, signaling it’s time to let your knee rest.
If it goes untreated for a long period of time, runner’s knee can damage the cartilage of the knee and hasten the development of arthritis and other chronic joint conditions. It’s important to listen to your body, wear supportive footwear, and never “run through the pain.” Pushing your limits is not worth the time it will take your muscles and joints to recover.
Joint Supplements for Runners
Knee pain is one of the most common obstacles runners face and one of the most common reasons people stop running. By looking after our knees now, and taking the appropriate measures to safeguard our joints from permanent damage, we can enjoy all the wonderful benefits of running, without fear of injury.
Flexiqule is a safe and easy way of giving our joints the care they need. The natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic compounds found in Boswellia and Ginger are powerful agents against arthritic inflammation and associated pain. When taken regularly alongside a healthy diet, Flexiqule is a key component in keeping your joints happy, healthy, and active.