A Move to Improve - 3: Knee pain
With so much force going through our knees on a daily basis combined with our reliance on walking; it pays to give some attention to the maintenance of your knees.
Unfortunately, knees are rarely appreciated until they are painful and limiting your speed, distance or ease of walking.
The two most important things you can do to help protect your knees are:
1. Lose weight
2. Stronger thigh muscles with good control of movement
Good exercises for thigh strength and knee control include:
To make the exercises work better and prevent injury always make sure your knees stay in line with your foot as it bends; ie don't let your knees come together.
Knees need to move to stay healthy but listen to them: if they hurt with squats - back off the weight or change to cycling for a while; if they hurt with walking - reduce your distance or take the load off by walking in a pool until they heal.
Life is too short to be held back by pain