In itself, the risk of injuring yourself while walking is very low. For man is built to walk or walk for many hours. This strengthens the cardiovascular system and is a true miracle cure for stress relief. If there is still pain or an injury, there are two possible causes: genetic predisposition and bad luck, as Dr. Christian G bler explains. The trauma surgeon and sports traumatologist is the medical director of the "Vienna City Marathon" and is well aware of running difficulties. WOMAN he has explained the most common problems and what you can do about it. Vulnerabilities. Depending on speed and soil conditions, 3-6 times the body weight will land on our knees and feet per running step. Being untrained or, on the contrary, exercising too much can overload your joints, tendons or cartilage. Especially overweight people are affected. Dr. G bler advises the latter to lose weight first with joint-gentle sports such as cycling or swimming and only then to start walking slowly. The top priority is definitely regular training, the condition, muscles and tendons slowly builds and gets used to the burden. By the way, a complete workout also includes stretching exercises after running, so that the muscles remain supple and not shorten. Otherwise there is a risk of torn muscle fibers – a painful thing that can interrupt the training for several weeks. Muscle strength. Strong muscles on the whole body are part of the basic equipment of every runner. Particularly important: The hip and trunk muscles, which is unfortunately often neglected. It supports the spine and the intervertebral discs, which are exposed to heavy loads during longer runs. If the core muscles are not strong enough, even small rotational movements can lead to hardening and often even to massive back pain. Pleurisy. This runner suffering usually occurs on the right side, as Dr. Gaebler explains. This is due to pulling movements on the suspension apparatus of the liver (it stings on the left, spleen or kidneys may be responsible for this). Our organs are fastened with ligaments inside the body. While walking, they are shaken, we feel this pull, sometimes painful. In contrast, additional support helps by holding the arm to the painful area. Even slower walking and rhythmic breathing bring relief. With the emergence of the foot on the side, which hurts, exhale vigorously. By the way, the longer you walk, the rarer this phenomenon becomes, because the tapes get used to the pulling motion with better training. Long breath. Despite good training, some runners suffer from shortness of breath. This can also be due to empty iron storage. This trace element is responsible for the transport of oxygen in the blood. If there is too little, the entire organism can be negatively affected. You can find all information about iron on eisencheck.at. Another topic is Dr. med. G bler very close to the heart: Never run with painkillers! That's just stupid, as the doctor points out. Any pain that is so severe that it interferes with training must be clarified. If that does not happen, a harmless thing can grow into a chronic injury that affects for weeks or even months.