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Wayne’s Rant!

Posted on 27 November 2012

It’s incredible reading the many reports outlining all benefits of regular exercise and then the next thing we hear is that it’s dangerous. For example, exercise might cause knee problems from impact sports and damage to other areas of the body.

Today I heard another headline on the local news. There have been some recent studies that have determined that running may cause knee problems (no source was quoted). Wow, what expert came up with that amazing statement? I wonder if they are an athlete or runner? Probably no different than when you go to a doctor who is overweight, unhealthy and we need their thoughts and recommendations for an injury, etc. A common sense idea for everyone, find a doctor who is an athlete as they “get it” with our passion of endurance sports. The end of the news headline had the normal caveat, “however the cardio vascular and muscle strengthening benefits might reduce the risk from various diseases such as cancer and heart disease!”

All these “expert” opinions become a joke and I am so tired of hearing about all these reports! Enough already, there is no question that regular exercise and using common sense with impact sports has significant health benefits. Each of us has a different genetic and body makeup with respect to injuries of course, but I will take my chances on running 100 – mile events till the day I die!

Have fun out there and thanks for listening to my rant.

One Response to “Wayne’s Rant!”

  1. Amitava Mukherjee says:

    I am with you Wayne. The first time I ran a 50 miler, a sixty-year-old lean, wise and kind (Ultra runners are the kindest people I met in my life)told me a little story.
    Whenever he ran into his buddies in a bar or other places they had asked him about his knees. “How come your knees better than our’s? Doesn’t it hurt?” He said, “I am running several times every week since I was 30, my knees didn’t get time to get bad.” I will remember this all my life. Since then I ran many 50 milers marathons and a hundred mile race. I am looking forward to many more.

    I will take my chances too.

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