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.
Common Running Injuries: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment
WebMD explains the causes, prevention, and treatment of common running injuries.
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.
WebMD looks at why a spleen might rupture, the symptoms of a ruptured spleen, and surgery to repair or remove this organ, which helps the body fight foreign bacteria.
Exercise and the Common Cold
Exercise may prevent colds. But is it safe to exercise if you have a cold? Get the facts.
How to Start Running
Stick to your New Year's resolution to get moving with these inspiring expert tips for beginning runners.
Air Pollution and Outdoor Runs
Is a run on a treadmill better than exposing yourself to the air pollution outside?
How to Avoid the Runner's Wall
If you run too fast or too far, will you "hit the wall" and crash?
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.
Burn more calories in less time with the treadmill sprint exercise.
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.
Jogging offers a chance to train anywhere while taking in some fresh air.
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.