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How to Run Safely and Reduce the Risk of Running Injuries

Runners running a raceDid you know running can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and death? It can also improve body composition and help with stress management and anxiety.

Maybe you’ve been hesitant to start a running program because you know runners dealing with serious injuries and chronic pain, or you’ve heard that running can cause joint damage. Running injuries are common, but most injuries are the result of training errors, or a lack of muscular strength or endurance specific to running.

Also, recent studies have shown that running can actually improve joint health. With appropriate mechanical loading, the stress of the articular surfaces can improve joint health if correctly modulated.

So what’s the biggest difference between a running program that causes injuries and a running program that delivers the health benefits we just mentioned?

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