6 Exercises to strengthen your knee and to keep you away from knee pain
There is a saying that you are as old as your knees. If you will ask any of the long distance runners, soccer players or ballerinas, they will say that the saying is true. Nearly 50 million Americans deal with various degrees of knee pain every day.
Knees are the most commonly used joints of the body. Just consider that when you walk up the stairs, you put four times your body weight on your knees to complete the simple task. Similarly, if you are used to walking long distances every day, your knees will get worn out by the time you reach old age and you mobility will be limited.
You can avoid knee pain, by simple care and maintenance. If you are already experiencing pain in the knees, you need to immediately address the issue and start working out. Exercising the muscles surrounding the knee joint will lead to less pressure on knees and they will become stronger. Here are 6 such exercises that will make your knees stronger than ever.
1 Straight leg lift
This exercise focuses on the quadriceps and hip flexors. These muscles complement the simple motion of walking and this exercise work the muscles in opposition that usually go underused, like small quadriceps muscles of thighs.
Start by lying on the back with your right leg straight and extended; now bend your left knee and keep the left foot flat. Now contract the right thigh muscles to straighten the knee, but do not lock the knee. Slowly raise the legs until the knees are parallel to each other.
Repeat 8-12 times with 2 sets on each side. Start with a count to 35 in the upward position.