Many people know running is an excellent exercise for general health, but they worry that it causes strain on ankles, knees, hips and legs that may lead to arthritis or other medical problems.

Reality: Research shows the reverse is true. Running strengthens joints and bones, and reduces risk of arthritis and skeletal problems.

Recent study: In 1984, 492 exercisers over age 50 joined a long-term study in which those who exercised (including running) at least two hours a week were matched with non exercisers. Today, the exercisers report experiencing 25oZ less musculoskeletal pain than the non exercisers.

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