There are many people living with arthritis who tolerate moderate running really well, particularly if the arthritis primarily impacts your upper-body joints. However, you should always check with your Doctor or orthopedic surgeon first if you are considering training for a marathon.
Running dates back to ancient olympic times, and continues to prove to be a great aerobic exercise. It improves your heart and lung health, helps control weight, builds denser bones and strengthens the surrounding muscles. A regular running routine compresses and releases the cartilage in your knees, helping circulate synovial fluid that brings oxygen and nourishes your joints, and removes inflammatory waste products.
Are you one of those people who have “Run a Marathon” on their bucket list? Many do, and with the Boston marathon ( #BostonStrong ) right around the corner, we thought we’d share a few simple running tips that can help if you are currently running with arthritis or thinking about starting a running routine to eventually run your first marathon.
- Shorten your stride! This will reduce the load on your weight-bearing joints.
- Opt for softer surfaces (sand, trails, and paths) to reduce joint impact.
- Start slowly and increase your activity level gradually over time.
- Incorporate other lower-impact exercise such as biking, swimming or rowing to continue building endurance on days that you are not running.
As always, check with your doctor or sports medicine specialist before you start a training regimen.
Best of luck to all the athletes running in the 2019 Boston Marathon and keep an eye out for the Wampanoag Road Runners, we’ve been proud sponsors of their team for over 6 years! #BostonStrong