Your mom hurt her knee while running, and you find yourself getting shin splints when you jog for more than five minutes. Your brother-in-law has a bad back, and he swears it's because of that half marathon he ran two years ago.
Sound familiar? Aches, pains, and injuries leave many of us wondering whether running is actually a good idea. Sure, you know it's a great way to clock valuable cardio minutes—and cardio is great for mental health, physical health, and longevity—but the idea of spending one afternoon a week in a physical therapist's office is enough to send us straight to the trusty old elliptical.
We know running gets a bad rap, which is why we decided it was time to clear a few things up. Here's what you should know about running and your health.