But, unless participants had a history of knee or hip problems, the team found no link between long-distance running and joint pain.
Interestingly, the more marathons someone had completed, the smaller their chances of experiencing pain – although this could be because runners who feel pain stop completing long races.
Speaking about the findings, sports injury specialist Professor Richard Steadman told The Telegraph:
“If you have not had surgery on your knee, and you’re anatomically aligned properly – no bowlegs, no knock knees – then you could be running forever. My advice to people is, as long as they’re not symptomatic, they should keep on running.”
If you are interested in taking up running, you can start by slowly building your fitness through walking.