PROVO – A new study from a Brigham Young University professor shows running may actually be good for people’s knees.
Exercise Science professor Robert Hyldahl and his colleagues recruited volunteers to sit and then run for 30 minutes. The researchers then tested the blood and the amount of synovial fluid, the latter of which causes joint swelling, in the runners’ knees. The results showed sitting appears to be worse on the knees.
“You know, it doesn’t really take a brainiac to… understand that running’s really good for you,” said runner Taylor Owen. ““Joints, you know, they’re gonna be in… tip-top shape.”
However, not every runner agrees.
“I don’t really think this study is true personally, but I guess it’s different for everyone,” said runner Shantel Springer. “Squatting, running, whatever, it all just hurts my joints… no matter how often I do it.”
Hyldahl said these findings suggest that running simply for 30 minutes reduces swelling in the knees. He also said it lessons the chance for knee disease, and the findings suggest that exercise can be a type of medicine.
All of the study’s participants were under the age of 35, and Hyldahl said he would like to repeat the tests with older runners.
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