Questions and Answers
Q: I have worn cartilage (arthiritis)
in my hip and it has been suggested that I stop running
and type up cycling or swimming instead. I hate to
give up the benefits of running. What do you think?
Running is a great sport and great exercise, but
it doesn't do much for arthritis, especially if you
run on hard surfaces. That's why non-weight-bearing
activities like cycling and swimming are often suggested.
Also, walking on "soft" surfaces such as
a trail or a rubberized track are often encouraged.
You see, when you run, the pounding on your hip can
actually accelerate your arthritis. Hopefully by switching
to activities that still give you a good cardiovascular
work-out, but decrease pressure on your joint, you
will preserve the working life of your hip.