I've been running 3+ times/week for cardiovascular fitness and other benefits but recently been feeling a bit of strain on my right knee. Its not painful but I guess it's prudent to hear the message that the body is trying to send and replace running with something more knee friendly.
It seems to me that the action of pushing the pedal does put stress on the knees so all that cycling really seem to do (compared to running) is to eliminate the sudden impacts of feet hitting the ground.
Given above -
- How much more/less stressful on knees is cycling compared to running?
- Is cycling really more knee-friendly compared to running or is it just a different type of equivalent stress?
- Are there any scenarios where it could be worse on some joints/tendons/muscles than running?
PS: 1. I won't be getting a bicycle with gears etc. 2. The objective is to minimize joint damage while improving overall fitness. 3. Not planning to train for races etc.