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Exercises to Protect Your Knees

  • Posted on: Apr 30 2019
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Did you know that about 20% of American adults suffer from knee pain? It actually makes sense when you remember that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Extra pounds that sit on your frame increase the weight and stress on your knees, which can lead to chronic pain. Even worse, that stress on your knees can influence the development of arthritis or osteoarthritis. Eating right and choosing the right exercises can help you lose weight and fat, gain muscle, all while keep your knees safe and healthy. The important thing to remember is that you need to adjust your exercises to protect your knees.

Exercising on a regular basis may help alleviate knee pain, stiffness, and swelling that are associated with being overweight or obese. If you’re looking to prevent knee pain, you will want to strengthen the muscles around your knee, which will help absorb shock and relieve your knee joint of extra stress and pain.

Exercise can seem daunting if you’re just getting started, especially if you have a bad knee. Thankfully, low-impact and gentle workouts are best for your knees. The following exercises will help minimize stress on your knee joints while helping boost your flexibility and strength.

Cardio

If you think you can’t do cardio workouts, you’re wrong! You simply need to find the best workouts to keep your safe. Low-impact exercises like walking, using the elliptical at the gym, or swimming are all great for people who want to protect their knees. With warm weather upon us, local pools will be opening up soon, so you’ll have plenty of options to try.

Stretches and Repetitions

If you’d rather work out at home, there are plenty of options you can try. You don’t need heavy or expensive equipment to work your knees at home, safely. In fact, there are a lot of exercises you can perform while lying down! Try lying on the floor on your stomach, and alternating bending your leg at the knee. Also, calf stretches or calf raises are great options to try at home.

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