Our expert says:
Well, running is a good form of cardio exercise (as is walking) and so the treadmill will allow you to do that training, which is good.
Of course, there are risks to knees and ankles and shins, just as there are with any exercise you do.
So the way to avoid it is to get onto a structured and controlled programme that keeps the increases in distance down so that your body can adapt to the load without injury.
I'd say you should check out the Fitness page of this site, and click on "Programmes". There you'll find a range of walking and running programmes, and maybe a good one is to go for the 10km in say 12 weeks programme.
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