Picture now that one friend who has adopted a consistent running regimen and emerged from her old body as a lithe, toned hottie with energy as ripple-y as her muscles. We’ve all personally seen how a running workout is an incredible calorie burner, mood enhancer, muscle toner, and energy-booster. So, why don’t we all adopt running routines to stay fit and content? For many, the joint pain caused by high impact exercise seems too daunting to achieve personal fitness goals.
Dedicated runners often proclaim that benefits of running far outweigh the drawbacks. No high is like a runner’s high, and no thighs are like a runner’s thighs. But even after a heart has been trained to beat in perfect sync with feet on the pavement, many runners are only beginning to experience the side effects of high impact exercise, including joint pain.
Running and Joint Pain
Joint pain is one of the leading ailments that runners experience. The consistent motion of feet on hard terrain wears away at cartilage in your knees. While there is no fool-proof cure for your body’s wear from high impact exercise, plenty of remedies exist to alleviate it. These remedies include good shoes, natural supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin, heat and cold therapy, and super foods.
How to Ease Joint Pain
Many athletic stores specialize in outfitting runners with proper shoes. Trained store consultants will actually observe individuals running on a treadmill to determine which type of shoes will be most supportive based on an individual’s running style. Glucosamine and chondroitin both occur naturally in the human body but can also be taken as supplements to help rebuild some of the lost cartilage from high impact exercise. Heat and cold therapy help to both soothe and heal already inflamed joints. Heat causes blood vessels to widen, which increases blood flow to inflamed areas. Cold causes blood vessels to shrink. Use cold directly after joint pain occurs and heat as a follow-up treatment. Berries, flaxseed oil, fish, soybeans, and many other foods contain anti-inflammatory elements like omega-3 essential fats, which promote joint mobility.
Before relinquishing dreams of that toned, lithe body and your feet moving freely to the beat of your favorite song, try some easy remedies to help your joints enjoy exercise as much as you do. Joint pain doesn’t have to rob anyone from having their high – and energy too.
About the Author: Paige One enjoys writing about health and fitness and loves to run too.