If you are thinking of putting on those running shoes for a jog around the park this afternoon, think again.
Eighty per cent of Malaysians are not “designed” for running due to a variety of conditions such as bone structure, said Malaysian Physiotherapy Association (MPA) president Dr Balwant Singh Bains.
Thus, many students get injured when they take part in school sports which usually involve running and cross-country activities, he said.
He said that he was not against running but stressed that it was important to be screened by a physiotherapist before starting an exercise regime.
“For adults, jogging is the first thing that comes to mind when a doctor recommends exercise,” he said, adding that ageing could leave weak points in our bodies.
“A physiotherapist can recommend a suitable training regime which will not affect the weak areas,” he said.
Alternatives include swimming, cycling and other low impact activities such as step exercises, Dr Balwant added.
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