By Varun Gujral
August 06, 2014
Category: Sports Injury

There’s a lot of people out there who hear the word “run” and instantly moan and groan because they don’t like to do it and they continue these efforts until the “run is over--and that is just the warm-up run! Is it possible, however, that those people would be more inclined to run if they knew they were adding years to their lives? Would they be more inclined to run if they knew all they HAD to run was that warm-up run and that’s it? I think so! As podiatrists, we stress healthy eating and exercising to most, if not all, of our patients and of all the exercise regimens we recommend, running is definitely part of it...because after all, you have to use your feet!

A study that was recently published in in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has stated that “running at a slow speed for just 5-10 minutes a day can significantly reduce mortality risk...any longer may actually do more harm than good”. The study also found that those who participated in the study were 45% less likely to die from cardiovascular causes compared to those who didn’t run. Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death among diabetic patients so this statistic is remarkable in the fact that such a little of an exercise can decrease mortality by almost half! Along with continuous running though, increases the chances of stress fractures throughout your foot so it’s imperative to wear proper shoe gear. It has been found that running increases a person’s body weight by 250% per heel strike. That is a lot considering a person’s foot is so small. If you have any questions at all about shoe gear or if you are experiencing any sort of heel pain due to running, please call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ.

Running is not always the most pleasurable of activities and, at times, it can even cause more harm than good but if helps decrease mortality rates and increase the number of years you get to spend with your family, why not give it a try?

By Varun Gujral