A lot of Americans shy away from jogging or a walk in the park because they are worried about keeping knee pain away.
However, exercise shouldn’t raise the likelihood for knee problems in most healthy adults.
A study of both black and white adults over the age of 45 found moderate physical activity, for up to two and a half hours a week, does not increase the risk for knee osteoarthritis.
Moderate physical activity can include anything that leads to some increase in heart rate and breathing, like fast walking or even intense yard work.
The study from the University of North Carolina and the CDC included data from more than 1,500 adults.
The findings held true regardless of study participants’ race, sex or body weight.