Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Jogging with Pain?

Recently a subscriber wrote in and complained of the pain he experiences while jogging. He jogs most days of the week for approximately 3-5 miles. He is in his forties and weighs over 200 pounds.

Pain and discomfort are common among athletes and people who workout almost on a daily basis. Injuries to the muskulosketal system may result from regular training over long periods. These wear and tear type injuries may include:

Bursitis: Inflammation of the small fluid sacks that provide lubrication and cushioning for the knees.

Tendinitis: Inflammation or small tears of the tendons.

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Pain directly in front of the knee from wear and tear, being overweight and knee cap altercations.

Although sometimes there may be no permanent cure, therapies may include rest, bracing, physiotherapy or in some cases surgery. Treatment may also depend on several factors such as type, location and degree of the injury. Age, level of activity and state of health are also factors.

As a jogger well in my thirties one thing I found works for me is the use of an elliptical trainer. I usually jog 4 times a week and also include 3 days of weight training. Recently, I split my workouts between jogging and elliptical training (2 times a week for each). I have noticed a big improvement. The joint pain has decreased dramatically and I still get a great workout from the elliptical machine.

Ellipticals can be found in almost any gym and work by using a circular leg movement with no pounding and much less pressure on the joints.
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