HOW DOES RUNNING AFFECT BONES?
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.
Running increases our flexibility and ability to balance, reducing the risk of falling and thus the risk of sustaining fractures.
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