8 Fitness Myths That Drive Experts Crazy
The New York Times reports on fitness myths that drive experts crazy in an interview featuring Jordan D. Metzl, MD, primary sports medicine physician at HSS.
One common fitness myth is that running destroys your knees. Research has debunked the notion that running increases your risk of osteoarthritis, and even suggests it can protect your knees against the condition. In fact, not moving increases your risk of developing osteoarthritis, along with age, weight and genetics.
That said, running can definitely lead to knee pain or injury if you train too aggressively, said Dr. Metzl, Dr. Metzl called this “violating the rule of toos” — running too fast or too far too soon. “Increase slowly,” he said. And if you start to feel knee pain, get it checked out as soon as possible by a sports medicine expert.
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