Bad Knees Making Gymming Impossible? Try These Exercises Instead
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Whether you’re a competitive sportsperson, a gymnast, a runner or a daily walker, knee pain can put a stop to your favourite activities. Knee pain is a common condition faced by people of every age. It may result due to overuse, osteoarthritis, meniscus tear, tendinitis, or due to sprained knee muscles. So, what can you do to get back to your favourite activities and go back to gymming? The best thing you can do is, treat your debilitating knee pain! Try to do these stretches and exercises 4-5 times a week to strengthen your knee muscles and keep them flexible.
1. Warm-Up Exercises
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Knee pain can hurt if you start doing a hardcore workout. So, start slowly by taking a brisk walk of 2 – 5 minutes, riding a stationary bike or performing a few push-ups followed by calf raises.
Benefits: Practising warm-up exercises will prepare you for a workout, stretch, and also lower your risk of an injury.
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2. Straight Leg Raises
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If you find it hard with your knees then you can start doing simple straight leg raises. This exercise puts little or no strain on your knees.
Lie in a supine position
Try to bend your right knee while placing the right foot flat on the floor
Lift the other leg straight, and raise it to the height of the opposite knee.
Repeat this position for 10-15 times and then practice it with the other leg.
Benefits: It helps strengthen your quadriceps and the muscles in the front of your thighs.
3. Hamstring Curls
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Hamstring curls involve the muscles along the back of your thigh.
Lie flat in a prone position or on your stomach.
Try to bring your heels as close to your butt by bending your knees, and hold in that position.
Do three sets of 15.
You can also perform this while standing and holding onto a support and lifting one leg at a time.
Benefits: It helps release the tension in your knees and makes it flexible.
4. Prone Straight Leg Raises
This exercise is great for activating hamstrings and glutes.
Lie flat on your stomach
Lift your right leg towards the ceiling without bending
Hold the leg in the position for 3-5 seconds, lower, and repeat.
Do 10-15 lifts and repeat it with left leg.
Benefits: It is good for your lower body, helps strengthen the lower back, glutes and hamstrings.
5. Wall Squats
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It is an advanced move, and if you are able to perform this then you are on your way to a speedy recovery.
Stand with your feet two ft apart against a wall.
Squat down with a tight core, lowering your body towards the floor. Make sure your back and pelvis are against the wall.
Hold onto this position as much as you can, and withdraw it if you feel pain or pressure.
Repeat the exercise, with a few seconds longer each time.
Benefits: Provides strength and endurance to your glute muscles, abductor muscles, calves, hamstring and quadriceps.
6. Calf Raises
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This exercise helps target the calf muscles of the lower leg and gastronomic muscles and strengthens them.
Stand up straight.
Raise your heels, until you are standing on your toes. Make sure you have certain support to hold you in case you fall.
Hold it for a few minutes, then try to bring your heels slowly down.
Repeat this for 10-15 times.
Benefits: It helps strengthen the muscles in your calves, provide stability and strengthen your ankle.
Step-ups, Credits: flickr
Step-ups are just like climbing stairs. They are simple yet effective, you can try step-ups with higher height benches or climbing 2-3 steps at a time.
Find a step, chair, or bench which can help you perform this exercise.
Place one foot on a step bench, level your pelvis, then bend your knee.
Place your opposite foot flat on the floor while touching your toe to the floor.
Repeat these 10-15 times and switch legs.
Benefits: Works on muscles in the legs and buttocks. It strengthens the gluteal muscles, hamstrings, and quadriceps.
8. Side Leg Raises
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Side leg raises are the favorite exercise recommended by physiotherapists. It’s because it has many benefits in treating conditions like osteoarthritis, knee pain and also helps curb those abdomen fats.
Lie on your left side and keep your legs straight.
Slowly lift your left leg towards the ceiling without bending your knee.
Hold the position for few seconds and then slowly bring it down.
Similarly, do it on your other side.
Benefits: This exercise improves balance, strengthens your knee and hip, improves your daily functions like climbing stairs, walking, and squatting to pick up things.