25 Oct '16, 12pm

Is Running Actually Good for Your Knees?

Is Running Actually Good for Your Knees?

Alternately, maybe there’s something about running that actually helps make your joints healthier. One theory is that, since exercise helps fight inflammation throughout the body, it may also fight the persistent inflammation that contributes to the progression of osteoarthritis. That’s the theory explored by a new study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology , from researchers at Brigham Young University. The design of the study is pretty cool. They took samples of blood and synovial fluid from the knee—the joint’s lubricating fluid, which they extracted by jamming a needle into the joint. Then the subjects—all healthy recreational runners—ran for 30 minutes (or, in the control condition, sat for 30 minutes) and then gave another sample of blood and synovial fluid. The advantage of taking synovial fluid is that it gives you a look at what’s happening in the knee it...

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