Want to begin jogging? Start walking first to save your knee joints

Updated on Apr 26, 2016 01:37 PM IST

Joggers listen up. If you are jogging without exercising first, your knees can be damaged irretrievably, even requiring surgery at times.

Anyone willing to start jogging should walk for two months, which will help in the increase of flexibility of the body and the knees, preventing any kind of strain to the knee joints.(Shutterstock)
Anyone willing to start jogging should walk for two months, which will help in the increase of flexibility of the body and the knees, preventing any kind of strain to the knee joints.(Shutterstock)
IANS | By, New Delhi

Jogging without any proper prior exercise or knee activity can damage the knee joints requiring them a long duration for recovery, said joint replacement experts.

According to them, anyone willing to start jogging should walk for two months, which will help in the increase of flexibility of the body and the knees, preventing any kind of strain to the knee joints.

Read: How much of exercise is too much?

“A lot of people directly start jogging to get rid of fat in the body without performing any sort of exercises. This leads to the damage of the knees, leading to severe pain,” said Palash Gupta, an orthopedician and joint replacement expert at Max Super Specialty Hospital.

He said that the prevalence of such cases among women stands at 70%. “Most of the exercises aimed to reduce fats affect the knee. They create a gap between the joints and knee. If the patient does not get the correct treatment on time then surgery can be the only resort,” Gupta said.

Agreed Rajesh Malhotra, orthpedician and knee replacement expert at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and said the weight of the entire body is on the knees, so avoiding any type of exercises for long duration and junk food consumption leads to the increase in weight.

“Even if a person keeps doing morning or evening walk regularly, his or her body becomes flexible and the knees usually do not get affected during jogging. Direct jogging without proper exercise can even lead to pain making the person unable to walk and the lack of nutrition even weakens the bones,” said Malhotra.

He also urged every one to get their bone density checked to find if there is any de-shaping of bones. “If a mother’s bones are weak then children are also likely to have weaker bones,” said Malhotra.

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