Health Reasons Why Running On A Spot Is Bad For Your Knees(2023)


To run on the spot or not to?

This is why running on the spot can be detrimental to your health:

1. Joint pain: Oftentimes, running on the spot is done at home. So, when this movement is performed on a stiff surface like marble or granite, there is relatively less generation of ground reaction forces, which are helpful for reinforcing the bones. Therefore, running on the spot may not facilitate absorption of ground reaction forces, leading to increased impact on joints, causing pain and discomfort.

2. Heightened stress on muscles:Running on the spot can put stress on certain muscles, especially if done for longer durations. You may end up experiencing pain in the hips and thigh muscles, shins, ankles, and ankles.

3. Burning calories: On the spot running may not be as effective as running outdoors. This is because the wind resistance outside helps burn more calories.

4. Perceived exertion: Whether running on the spot or out in the open, it’s important to maintain the same effort level. The effort is estimated by ‘perceived exertion’, meaning how hard you consider an activity to be, irrespective of how your body responds to that activity. Running on the spot will be less hard than running outdoors on a rainy or cold day even if you burn more calories or have a faster heart rate.

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