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Running is not simply for the young and healthy.

Older runners with healthy joints can keep pounding the pavement well into old age.

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Kyle Boykin (308), Robby Barter (309), Kelly Arsenault (612) and Kenyrik Alexis (604) lead the pack of runners around the lake at Tribble Mill Park during the Salvation Army’s Homeless Run on Saturday. Home Sweet Home Gwinnett is the Salvation Army’s emergency housing program reaching out to homeless families throughout the county to provide rapid re-housing.

Older runners with healthy joints can keep pounding the pavement well into old age.

Contrary to what some might think, researchers now say after 21 years of study that if you're healthy and generally injury free there are few reasons to put away your running shoes as you age.

Sports medicine experts say healthy joints and muscles respond well to appropriate stressing, but the key is to listen to your body.

The biggest risk that runners will face as they age with regard to injury is over training.


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