The knee is prone to stress and injury, but regular running keeps the joint lubricated and builds up cartilage, lowering the risk of arthritis. Avoiding high-impact sports and working on your quad strength will help keep knees pain-free, doctors say. Photo: Shutterstock
The knee is prone to stress and injury, but regular running keeps the joint lubricated and builds up cartilage, lowering the risk of arthritis. Avoiding high-impact sports and working on your quad strength will help keep knees pain-free, doctors say. Photo: Shutterstock
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The secret to pain-free knees this running season: avoid high-impact sports, work on quad strength and always warm up thoroughly, doctors say

  • The knee joint is complex and prone to injury, but running keeps it healthy and lowers the risk of osteoarthritis; marathon training can even repair some damage
  • Doctors say losing excess weight, doing quadriceps-strengthening exercises and warming up well before every run will help keep your knees pain-free

The knee is prone to stress and injury, but regular running keeps the joint lubricated and builds up cartilage, lowering the risk of arthritis. Avoiding high-impact sports and working on your quad strength will help keep knees pain-free, doctors say. Photo: Shutterstock
The knee is prone to stress and injury, but regular running keeps the joint lubricated and builds up cartilage, lowering the risk of arthritis. Avoiding high-impact sports and working on your quad strength will help keep knees pain-free, doctors say. Photo: Shutterstock
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