Conventional wisdom states that those who run a lot in their younger years end up with joint pain and all sorts of other musculoskeletal problems later in life. A new study out of England indicates that this is not the case, and that vigorous exercise in fact is associated with a reduced likelihood of developing musculoskeletal pain when compared with those who are sedentary. The study attributes the benefits to: improving bone mass, muscle function, controlling weight, and ultimately preventing falls which makes sense. It also mentions how physical activity can elevate mood, reduce stress, and enhance descending pain modulation, all of which can positively impact pain. So the moral of the story is to keep running folks, its good for ya and makes your joints happy and healthy!