How to Exercise with Troubled Knees
Sharp pain in your knees (or any area in your body) should never be ignored. If you feel pain anywhere during any exercise move, like squats, don’t work through the pain. You want to stop, make a note of it, and see your doctor if the pain does not go away. This pain could be minor but it could also be very major and mean that you have a knee injury or strain that needs special attention. A closer look at your knee by a medical professional might tell you whether certain exercises just are not for you or if you should just proceed with caution.
If you have healthy knees that are weak or you are avoiding exercise to prevent further injuring them, you might be harming yourself rather than helping yourself. There are some exercises that you can do to help you strengthen your knees. These exercises work the areas around you knee like your quads, hamstrings, calves which all directly affect the knees. The key is to make sure you are performing these moves correctly by never compromising the exercise form.
Most people with knee issues that aren’t major, are afraid to do exercise like squats and lunges. However, if done correctly, these moves can slowly be used to build stronger knees. If you can’t quite complete a squat or lunge throughout the full range of motion, there are some alternate moves to squats that can be done until you reach the level where you can do them full out.
Other exercise that might help strengthen your knees are:
1. Hamstring Curls
2. Knee Lifts
3. Push Step
HERE IS A VIDEO of me doing low impact exercises that will help improve your knees.
I would recommend spending 1 or 2 minute or each of these exercises each day or add them to the end of your workouts by completing 8-12 repetitions of each.
While doing any exercise for your knees, make sure that your shoes provide good support and that you are standing on a safe, non-slippery surface.
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