Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Cardio and Your Joints: See what Ken at Tonicity Fit in West Chester has to say

With the New Year upon us, many people are diving heavy into cardio for their 2021 fitness goals. A lot of times the general population think that running is the best form of cardio. However, this is far from the truth.

Even though running is a great choice for doing cardio, it also has its cons. When you are running, your joints are taking constant impact each time your foot strikes the ground. Whether outside or on the treadmill, that constant impact on your joints overtime can cause injury and discomfort on your knees, hips, back, ankles or even your shins. A great alternative to running is cardio that is non-impact on your joints while mimicking your gait cycle, such as the elliptical. The elliptical is a perfect piece of equipment that is safe on the joints while giving you a resistance that is upper and lower, making it a very safe and effective cardiovascular workout. 

With that being said, if running is something you enjoy, you should do it! My recommendation is to build different cardio days into your fitness routine to avoid overuse injury. This could include running twice a week, and doing the elliptical once or twice a week. This will also work different muscles over time, thus leading to bigger gains when doing cardio. It is important to change up your workout routine so that you can progress. Save your joints other alternatives for cardio when necessary, but listen to your body, and do what feels best for you! 

About Ken England:  

Ken England is a certified personal trainer at Tonicity Fit Personal Training Studio in West Chester. He has 19 years of experience in the fitness industry. He holds several certifications in the field- NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NESTA Biomechanics Movement Specialist, and NESTA MMA Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has a Master’s Degree in Sports and Health Sciences. He also continues to stay current in the industry by taking courses through the Brookbush Institute and is currently working towards his Human Movement Specialist Certification.

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