If you enjoy running, there’s no reason to stop just because you’re getting older. Exceptions exist if you’ve suffered a knee injury or other condition that interferes with your ability to run safely. If you suspect this may be the case, talk to your doctor and ask whether running is safe for you at this time in your injury recovery. Some chronic conditions, such as osteoporosis, can also limit your ability to run risk-free. Again, your doctor is your best point of reference for discovering whether or not you should be running.

But if you’re free of injury or another interfering condition, going for runs can be a great idea. Contrary to what some believe, running does not always put your knees at risk. In fact, evidence suggests that running can actually be protective against knee osteoarthritis.