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.
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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.
How to Start Running
Stick to your New Year's resolution to get moving with these inspiring expert tips for beginning runners.
Runner's High: Is It for Real?
When you're running a marathon, whether it's in New York City, Washington, or Chicago, you need every trick in the book to get through not only months of grueling training, but the grand finale as well: 26.2 miles of road that you cross step by agonizing step.
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.
Cramps While Running: Causes, Prevention, Treatments
Many runners experience cramps while running or jogging. Learn why, and how to prevent and treat this pain.
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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.
Gym Smarts: Stretching (Hip Flexor & Groin)
Of course exercise is good for you, but stretching before exercise is too. To avoid injury before you hit the gym, personal trainer, Aaron Small, PhD offers these hip flexor and groin stretches.