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There is no need for women to avoid distance running out of fears of damaging joints and causing arthritis. Recent studies show that distance running does not increase a woman's risk of developing arthritis and in fact, seems to offer a measure of protection against the disease. Studies show that distance running can also relieve stress and promote a healthy mental state of mind. If you want to find more information on distance running, check your local gyms sporting good stores, and phone books for information on training and local running clubs.