Running makes your spinal discs stronger

Many people have an understanding of spinal disc, as something fragile, something that we must be very careful with. For some reason people stay away from running, because they think this is bad for their discs. This is a myth though. Loading our spinal discs seems to make them stronger. New research has shown that running makes our discs stronger and healthier. Scientists have followed a group of people for five years, and they found that the more these people were running, the healthier their discs were.

RUNNING IS HEALTHY FOR YOUR DISCS

This new research shows that runners have larger spinal discs, containing more protein and water, compared to people who did not exercise regularly. These findings are interpreted at signs of a good state of health of the discs. These signs of good health, found by the researchers, were more pronounced in long-distance runners, running more than 50 km per week.

JOGGING OR LONG DISTANCE RUNNING?

The researchers looked at people who had run regularly for at least 5 years. The group of people involved in the study, were split up into two groups: joggers running 20-40 km per week, and long distance runners putting in more than 50 km per week.

CONCLUSION

The conclusion to this scientific study is that running for many years has a healthy impact on your spinal discs, especially if you run a lot.

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LEARN MORE

Read the scientific report here – https://www.nature.com/articles/srep45975