HOW DOES RUN­NING AF­FECT BONES?

Trail Running (UK) - - The Science Behind... -

STRESS TO STRENGTHEN

Run­ning stresses your bones as you land. The body re­sponds by re­act­ing to strengthen the bone to pre­vent in­jury to the bone tis­sue.

OSTEOBLAST YOUR BONES

Run­ning in­sti­gates the move­ment of bonede­vel­op­ing cells known as os­teoblasts to the sur­face of the bones, mod­el­ling the bone to strengthen it.

BALANCING ACT

Run­ning in­creases our flex­i­bil­ity and abil­ity to bal­ance, re­duc­ing the risk of fall­ing and thus the risk of sus­tain­ing frac­tures.

MUS­CLE BOOST

The force of mus­cles pulling against bones while run­ning, par­tic­u­larly off-road, stim­u­lates the boneb­uild­ing process. More ev­i­dence that run­ning on trails is best!

SHORTEN FOR GROWTH

In­cred­i­bly, the shin bone briefly be­comes nearly 1mm shorter as your foot hits the ground. Sens­ing this change, the bone grows back stronger.

Stress im­pact from run­ning ac­tu­ally helps strengthen bones rather than weaken them

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