"Like many gym bunnies, one of the things that I have missed most during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, family and friends aside, is my sports club. Exercise is essential for my mental and physical wellbeing, and I am hooked on my daily endorphin hit. At first, running around my local park was a stopgap solution, but not a sustainable one. First, it is weather dependant, and the British climate is far too fickle for routine running. Second, an old skiing injury has left one of my knees more susceptible to damage from pavement pounding. All the injection-wielding orthopedic surgeons I’ve spoken with over the years have told me that running really isn’t that good for a lot of us – even those without rickety joints. My facialist advises against it, too – it is “terribly aging”. I emailed her at the start of lockdown and mentioned my new running regime, and she warned me that, “any high-impact exercise, such as running, causes a jolt to the skin, which can tear up the collagen”. Not to mention, alfresco exercise can lead to premature aging due to overexposure to the sun’s damaging radiation, leading to uneven pigmentation, thickened skin, wrinkles, loss of volume and skin cancer."