Strengthen Your Knees

Knee Strengthening Exercises!

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Runners are all too familiar with the hardship that your sport plays on your knees. There are steps that you can take to avoid, as best you can, injuring your knee and being temporarily out of commission. These moves can also help you recover from an injury, but you should always talk to your doctor to see what kind of moves you may do that will be appropriate for you.

1: Jumping Rope!

There is a right and a wrong way to jump rope. You want to be sure that you are landing with your knees slightly bent instead of being straight. To improve the strength of your knees, try to land in a half-squat position with bent knees.

2: Low Impact Cardio!

Swimming, walking & biking can, over time, strengthen your knees so that one day you may be able to perform high impact cardio activities.

3: Ball-Squeeze Squat!

Place a ball between your thighs and squeeze. Slowly squat until your knees are bent 90 degrees, or get as low as you can.

4: Large-Step Lunge!

Take one leg forward with a large step. Lower your body until your back knee almost touches the floor and then return to your starting position.

5: Step Ups!

10 reps of stepping up with one foot onto a raised surface and then switch feet. Do this while holding dumb bells for an extra challenge.

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