Running is a great form of aerobic exercise. It burns a lot of calories, helps keep your heart young, and strengthens your muscles and bones. But running too far, too fast, too soon can strain your muscles and put you at risk for injury. In fact, about 7 out of 10 runners are hurt every year. Avoid slanted, uneven pathways. It's best to run on soft, flat ground. And if running causes you pain, stop and take a break. See a doctor if the pain continues for more than a few days. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about running, from the health benefits to the best running shoes, and much more.
Runner’s knee is a common ailment among runners, but it can also strike others. Find out what runner's knee feels like, what the treatments are, and how to prevent it.
Common Running Injuries: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment
WebMD explains the causes, prevention, and treatment of common running injuries.
Shin Splints Symptoms, Treatment, Recovery, and Prevention from WebMD
Many athletes get painful shin splints -- also known as tibial stress syndrome -- at one time or another. Find out more from WebMD about the prevention, treatment, and symptoms of shin splints.
Exercise and Depression
Regular exercise is an excellent way to boost your mood and get in shape. Learn more from WebMD about the benefits of daily exercise on depression and how to get started.
How to Start Running
Stick to your New Year's resolution to get moving with these inspiring expert tips for beginning runners.
Choosing the Best Shoes for Running, Walking, Cross-Training, and More
Overwhelmed by the many choices of athletic shoes? WebMD helps you choose the best workout shoes for running and more and discusses mistakes people often make when choosing athletic shoes.
Mindful Chi Running
To run without injury, take a lesson from the Far East. Get focused, loosen up - and get out there.
Barefoot Running: Should You Try It?
It’s not for everyone, but some runners are hitting the road sans shoes. Here's why it's supposed to be good for you -- and how to start.
Video: How to Pick Out the Right Workout Shoe
With so many options, how do you know you’re walking in the best soles? Seven tips to protect your feet during a workout.
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Gym Smarts: Stretching (Hamstrings & Calves)
To avoid injury before you hit the gym, personal trainer, Aaron Small, PhD offers these hamstring and calf stretches.