OUCH! MY KNEES

Whether you are a gym rat, an avid runner, a rigorous walker, a serious cyclist, an elite athlete, a weekend warrior or you are just on your feet all day at your job, your knees take a pounding on a daily basis.  Even more, women are 3 times more likely to experience knee pain/issues than men (the blame seems to be on our wider hips and the fact that estrogen has been shown to weaken ligaments around the knees).  Either way, male or female, the odds are at some point in our lives most of us will more than likely experience knee pain/issues so it is crucial that we take steps to injury proof ourselves and keep our knees as strong and healthy as possible.

Here are a few key exercises that can help your knees stay strong, healthy and ready for action:

Wall squats w/ ball:

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Temple Pose:

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Side lying hip lift:

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Bridge:

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Leg Extensions: (with machine or in a chair)

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Other things you can do to help keep your knees healthy and happy are to keep moving (exercise); lubricate them from the inside by eating healthy fats such as fish, avocados, walnuts (or take a daily fish oil supplement); wear good supportive shoes and make sure when you do exercise, you are trained properly – hyper extending your knees during a workout can cause more damage.

For more advice on knee health or just general fitness and nutritional information feel free to contact us – we are here to help!

678-417-0880 ext. 8301 / info@atlantapersonalfitness.com

Paula Jamieson

Certified Personal Trainer & Fitness Nutritionist

 

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