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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.

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