Exercise Won't Up Knee Arthritis Risk
Study Shows Activity Didn't Hurt Healthy Knees of Older Exercisers
An Exercise Physiologist's View
The research showing no increased risk of getting knee arthritis among older
exercisers rings true with his clinical experience, says Richard T. Cotton, an
exercise physiologist and wellness coach who serves as a spokesman for the
American Council on Exercise.
"People who have made it to their 50s without knee problems tend to be
OK,'' he says.
To minimize the risk of problems, however, Cotton tells
exercisers to increase their exercise distance very gradually, then increase
speed, rather than both at once.
Good workout shoes matched to your activity -- walking, jogging, aerobics,
or hiking -- are crucial, he says. "Don't wear them to mow the lawn or go
to the mall," he says. Save them for the exercise activity.
And replace them every 3-6 months if you are exercising regularly, he