>General Running>Effects of running on knees and bone health
To paraphrase an old poster: Today is the first day of the rest of your training. It doesn’t matter where you started or how far you’ve come. Today is the day. Your training didn’t start 6 weeks ago. Your training started the last time you hit the road. John “the Penguin” Bingham Life is not tried, it is merely survived if you're standing outside the fire
Needs more cowbell!
Lets see..................................... I can worry about maybe, could someday, might have knee problems, OR I can sit, take it easy, and have a documemted much higher chance of foot amputation, kidney failure, blindness or a 2 in 3 chance of death by heart attack AND OR stroke.
I'll take my chances with my knees, thank you very much!
Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"
• 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1
• 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)
He then threw out some astronomical dollar amount that we spend on baby-boomer injuries each year. quote>
In order to put the number in perspective, I'm sure he estimated the savings in healthcare spending gained through fitness, right?
Abs of Flabs
Swimming is only safer for you though for as long as you manage to stay afloat.
If my legs decide to give up whilst I'm running or walking then I'll just fall over and get a few cuts and bruises, if the same thing happens whilst swimming then I'll drown.
On a tangential note, there's a group of people that are on something called a calorie restriction diet, which calls for consuming about 1,200 - 1,500 calories a day for a full grown man. It's so drastic that they are cold most of the time! Anyway, the theory behind it is that aging is caused by the free radicals produced during metabolism at a cellular level. The more you consume, the more you metabolize, and the more free radicals you produce, thus leading to more cellular damage and ultimately a shorter life span.
The research behind this is pretty funny -- drosophila (fruit flies) will live longer when under the stress of a restricted calorie diet. However, this effect is not observed when the flies are put on a restricted diet, but are able to smell food. I would think, then, that these people on the calorie restriction diet need to wear nose plugs too (I learned this tidbit of totally useful info from my wife, who works on drosophila for her phd in genetics).
You'll ruin your knees!
""...the truth that someday, you will go for your last run. But not today—today you got to run." - Matt Crownover (after Western States)
My wife is researching aging and metabolism using drosophila (specifically, the jnk pathway in insulin signalling).
Small world... I also study signaling... I study hormonal (reproductive) signaling pathways involving the PKA pathway (but in mice/rats). But I know bit about JNK and insulin because we think those pathways "cross-talk" with ours a bit. Good luck to your wife on her PhD!