Did you know the knee was the largest joint in the human body? It goes without saying that knees are complex and play a key role in healthy aging.
Knees are an issue many of us are dealing with, some of us have been dealing with pain from a fall or a twist in our past, others are suffering with arthritis and other aliments… what can we do?
If your pain is severe, see a doctor or therapist for an evaluation. Physical therapy or a brace may be the answer for you. These professionals can also recommend special strengthening exercises to fit your unique situation.
But if you have mild discomfort, or are simply interested in maintaining healthy knees, there are several steps you can take on your own. The AARP website recommends you maintain a healthy weight, keep moving, do squats and lunges to strengthen the muscles that support the knees, perfect your posture and choose the right shoes.
Here at Seniortopia we have lots of experience with knee pain. We asked our followers on Facebook about their go-to exercises to strengthen their knees. We’ve added some of our own recommendations to come up with the following list:
- Get to the pool for some non-load bearing exercise, swim or take water aerobics—with friends!
- Ride your bike
- Always make sure to stretch, this will keep your muscles and ligaments flexible and less prone to injury.
And if you’re not taking too many drugs for pain, you might want to try an old-fashioned remedy: the classic Prohibition-era cocktail, the “Bee’s Knees” which uses gin, fresh lemon juice and honey.
Have we missed your favorite knee-friendly activity? Tell us about it in the comments.