The New York Times: Running May be Good for Your Knees
Recently the New York Times published an article that had many runners excited about the implications. For years, running has been lauded as a sport that even if not downright bad for your knees, certainly isn’t good for them.
Good news! According to the New York Times, running may in fact benefit the joint, changing the biochemical environment inside the knee in ways that could help keep it working smoothly.
To test this theory, researchers at Brigham Young University brought a group of young runners together, and either had them relax in a wheelchair or run on a treadmill for 30 minutes.
Each volunteer completed both a sitting and running session on separate days. Then the researchers looked for a variety of substances in the young people’s blood and synovial fluid. In particular, they focused on molecules that are associated with inflammation. Low-grade inflammation in the knee has been shown to contribute to the development and progression of arthritis.
The results were fascinating - it turned out that the running actually produced more anti-inflammatory substances in the joint than sitting and relaxing! These results suggest that a single half-hour session of running changes the interior of the knee, reducing inflammation and lessening levels of a marker of arthritis.
This is a boon for runners everywhere. As we at ChiLiving have always believed, the body and mind require regular exercise to maintain a high level of function. And most importantly, mindful movement is better than no movement at all.
Not only does running create a chemical cocktail that is beneficial, when you run with correct biomechanics, there is no reason to cause damage to your knees. With ChiRunning, you learn to use the joint correctly - not as a shock absorber, but as a hinge. We can show you how to move the force of the oncoming road past your body instead of unto your body.
If you’d like to learn more about ChiRunning, and implement the techniques into your own running practice, check out the ChiRunning School!