KEEPING FIT: Fitness walking can be a safer form of exercise than running

Woman RunningEver since the jogging phenomenon in the 1970s there has been high participation in all kinds of running events. Men and women of all ages typically run within their own ability range, and race within their own age category. Friendly fun runs and community fundraisers along scenic courses followed by picnics and awards distributions have motivated thousands of previously sedentary adults to engage in purposeful physical activity.

However, in spite of the healthful benefits to the cardiovascular system, jogging has been responsible for a large number of musculoskeletal injuries. Two out of every three runners have experienced foot problems, knee problems, hip problems, back problems or other running-related injuries. Many of these injuries were the result of the constant pounding and shock absorption inherent in running. For example, every time your foot hits the ground, your leg is subjected to about three times your body weight in landing forces….

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