Treadmills are one of the most popular fitness equipment, all over the world. And what makes them popular is the simplicity and effectiveness of their workout. But there is one particular query which needs to be answered for people who have problems with their joints and knees. And that is – how bad is running or walking on treadmill for your knees.
Now answering this question is not as simple as a yes or a no. There are some research theories and tests which will favor it and some will be against it. Actually it depends on what you overall health conditions are and how bad knee problem do you have.
A simple example would explain it better – if you are overweight (which a lot of people who want to use treadmill are), there is already enough pressure on your knees because of your weight and you don’t want to make the conditions worse by running on a treadmill. In this case you need to strengthen your leg as well as core muscles so that the extra weight can be balanced out.
In general, treadmills do not really affect your knees, if you maintain a good health. In fact impact on treadmills is more cushioned than running on the hard ground. There are a lot of factors which come into the picture when you want to know about the impact of running on a treadmill. Some of these factors can be age, fitness levels, body weight, technique, shoes etc. So all of these factors can work in favor of you or against you.
Running will only give you more strength and stamina as its advantages. There are a lot of benefits of running but if your knees can not handle the extra pressure you have to be careful with them and build up your strength as well.
Another important thing to consider here is that you should not start too much too soon. As with any other exercise, you have to give enough time to your body to condition and heal itself. If you already have a knee aches or hurt, then move slowly, build up your strengths and then add more intensity to your workouts with time as you gain more strength.
So, treadmills are good if you know the basics behind your exercise.