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The way we run protects our upper bodies but our legs suffer

Love a good run, but keep getting leg injuries? That could be because the way we run puts the brunt of jogging’s hard impact shocks on our lower limbs.

The average recreational runner usually clocks between 150 and 170 steps a minute. This means that in a light, half-hour run, your feet will strike the ground around 5000 times. “Every time your foot hits the ground, your body absorbs the impact,” says John Mercer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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