Originally Posted by shoe
i dont know, man, but the jarring i guess from the running is chronically hurting my knees. i cannot even do it anymore. my heart, lungs, and body is saying "GO!" but my knees are screaming, "STOP!!!!" i am ending up doing stairmaster for an hour now every day. the stairmaster does not hurt my knees at all.
I am a gigantic fan of avoiding running. The only plus to running IMO is the fact that it's cheap and easy - all you need is a pair of shoes and you're good to go. Can be done anywhere and doesn't require any equipment. Low impact or zero impact is the way to go IMO. Things like riding a bike, swimming, ellipticals, etc. The stress, strain and wear on your joints from pounding the pavement just have you end up with a lot of joint degeneration over time and a much higher risk of osteoarthritis later on. I've seen this quite often in the hospital/clinic and I'm sure the Sports Med docs and Orthopedists see it a whole lot more. Great for fitness perhaps but there are other ways to stay fit that are a lot less taxing on one's body. If your knees are hurting, I'd say that's a sign your body's telling you to stop or, at the very least, lay off of it for a while. Listen to your body or pay the price.