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How to Keep Your Knees Healthy

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The knees are an incredibly important joint in the human body. They are one of the joints in the chain of energy responsible for walking and as such if there is something wrong with our knee joints it translates into a lessened ability to walk, run, or carry heavy loads in our day-to-day lives. Knee pain can become a fairly common issue among the elderly because over time the knees become the focus of repeated wear and tear as you fight your own body weight as you stand.

Of course, the knee joint doesn’t simply ache because you get older, it begins to ache because there can be a whole host of other factors that could begin to come into play. Factors like osteoporosis, arthritis and excessive body weight can all contribute to, and cause knee issues. Osteoporosis is a disease that eats away at the cartilage matter in the knee joints making it more tender and causing aches, swelling, and even immobility. This is a pretty terrible disease that should be avoided as much as possible by taking care of the body and the knee joints. A knee injury can also occur over the span of several years through the repeated strain of heavy loads being placed onto it, and when this is the case, it is extremely important that you shed as much body weight as you can to reduce the amount of stress placed on the joint.  Make sure that you learn more about knee health by visiting Exercise for knee stability. The team over there is very professional and will help you in relieving joint pain.

So, let’s go over some of the things that you can do to ease the amount of stress that you’re placing on your knees on a regular basis. The best way to keep your knees healthy is by strengthening your leg muscles, meaning strengthening the quadriceps, the hamstrings, the glutes, and the calf muscles too. Having a strong set of legs not only keep the knees healthy by limiting the amount of shearing stress that the knees go through but also makes you a stronger person in general. In addition to getting stronger legs, you would be behooved by shedding all the excess weight on your frame. Why? Stress on your knees comes in the form of downward pressure caused by a heavy midsection. This means that a heavier person of the same height as a lighter person will exert more pressure on their knees when walking and running, increasing the likelihood that they will experience an injury at some point in the future. Choose low-impact exercises when starting off on your exercise journey. High impact exercises include running and most track and field exercises. If you aren’t ready for the task by having a lean frame with little excess body fat, it may not be a good idea for you to do high-impact exercises. Why? because you will be placing a whole lot of stress onto the knee joint.

Gloria Kinney
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