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Running or jogging are wonderful exercises for the heart and lungs.  Increasing the heart rate for 25 to 30 min. on an almost daily basis is sure to lower blood pressure and pulse rates.  Before starting any exercise program, it is always crucial to get clearance from your medical doctor.  These exerciseshave the potential to cause joint pain and damage.  There is a large jolt that occurs on impact while running.  Many People who have been running for years may report joint pain, very often in the knees.  The joints in the feet, as well as joints through the spine can defintely be affected.  I like to recommend to my patients alternating their exercise routine.  This allows the joints to have adequate rest between workouts.  It is also a good idea to take some days off periodically.  I also believe every 6 months to a year, it is wise to have one week of total rest from regimented workouts.  This allows all minor injuries a chance to heal.  Probably, the best exercise available to protect your joints is swimming.  Swimming can result in a great aerobic workout.  It does a very good job of toning the muscles.  All this while offering low stress to our joints.  If the pool is not assessable or you are simply not a swimmer, there are alternatives.  A brisk walk is much easier on the joints than running or jogging.  If you keep up a brisk pace for a longer amount of time, you can get very similar results to running.  Biking and machines at the gym, such as elliptical or step machines, are good alternatives.  Finally, I would advise you to listen to your body.  Pain is often a good indicator that you may be overdoing the stress on your body's joints.  Unfortunately, sometimes it is only years later that we realize our mistakes.  I would urge you to visit us at East Avenue Podiatry if you're experiencing any sort of foot pain.  We can analyze and treat the condition and make recommendations to help prevent reoccurrence in the future.  The phone number is 203 – 853 – 6570.  I wish you great health and happy exercising.