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How many miles to run a day?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Distance: Depending on your age & physical condition, walking may be a better choice as there is less impact on ankles, knees, & hips. Distance may be less important that the speed with which you cover the distance. Try a mile at normal pace; work to decrease the time to do the mile. Pool aerobics are another low impact, healthful exercise.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Provided original answer
Running can also stretch breast ligaments (unless well supported), lead to bladder drop (cystocele) and other internal problems. Walking is much safer.
Mar 6, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
I actually dissent: Having run for forty years, i believe that running does not have to cause injury if there is no intenal pathology. I would start slow with a walk/ run combo. I would then gradually increase to 20-30 minutes running 3-5 times per week i think the duration or distance covered is more important than the speed. Oviously the speed will naturally increase with a training effect.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Specializes in Internal Medicine
I am also a runner, and agree with Dr. Yoder
Mar 7, 2012
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
I used to run 2 miles every morning when I wanted to lose weight in my 20's. Dropped from 220 to 120 w/i a year. But would not do that today due to cold/exercise-induced asthma, bad ankles, pronation, etc. For me, at my age (and having spent 9 months in hospital 2 years ago) I'll stick with walking & pool aerobics. Guess it's a case of chacun à son goût.
Mar 7, 2012
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Running: Interesting question. Depends on what your goals are. To you aspire to run a marathon or interested in general health. If you are not a runner i suggest you follow the beginners running program on runners world.Com.

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A 17-year-old female asked:

How many miles a day should someone run?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Running: Dear chinchilla, what is your goal? What kind of physical shape are you in? Are you trying to lose weight? The answer really depends on you. I know some people who are happy with jogging a couple of miles 3 or more times a week. I have known people who run 50 to 100 miles per week. I have known some people who often run 50 or more miles in one day. Think about what you want to achieve. But.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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get checked by your doctor to be medically cleared if you plan on an aggressive running plan. If you are deconditioned please start slow & remember to stretch. Good luck.
Aug 28, 2013

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