Believe it or not, Americans are living longer. The average life expectancy in the U.S. today is higher than in any other period in history. As we age, many of us may endure limited movement due to weakened musculature.
Preventive medicine is the best way to live pain free as you enjoy life in your golden years. Maintaining proper posture and alignment goes a long way in reducing joint strain and pain.
Resistance training helps lubricate joints and increase muscle tone. Strengthening the muscles around the joint protects you from injury by decreasing stress on the knee.
No exercise program will be effective unless you use good form and technique when doing exercises. Take preventive measures to strengthen the knee area, ensuring it stays stay strong and healthy.
Follow these easy exercises to avoid knee pain and strengthen aging joints.
The key is to ensure a neutral spine throughout this exercise, maintain proper posture by not arching the back and focus on the muscles around the knees as you move. Stand with feet hip-width apart, engage your core and keep your back straight. Place hands on hips and inhale
Bend both knees until hips are slightly lower than the knee. Raise to standing the same way.
Stand up against a wall or lying on the floor, keep the arms by your side or on hips. Lift leg up and bend knee so that it’s in a “sitting in a chair” position – 90 degrees at the hip and knee joints. Extend the leg forward and bend back to that same top position. If lying on the floor, do the same bend and extend.