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How many miles to run a day?
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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Jeffrey Sider
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Dr. Cynthia Point
I am also a runner, and agree with Dr. Yoder
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Running can also stretch breast ligaments (unless well supported), lead to bladder drop (cystocele) and other internal problems. Walking is much safer.
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