Knees generally do not get a significant amount of attention until they become problematic. Suddenly, daily activities feel more challenging, and routine workouts become difficult. Surgery emerges as a probability, meaning long periods of down time, potential financial strain and the possibility of long-term complications. This scenario is not ideal, but most surgeries can be avoided if the proper precautions are taken.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Carrying excessive weight puts strain on the knees, causing injury. Maintaining a nutritious diet and exercising regularly can help keep a healthy weight, reducing negative effects.
Switch to Low Impact Exercises
Runners tend to experience knee strain due to the high impact of the exercise. Low impact options include bicycling, rowing machines and swimming. Alternating between high and low impact exercises can help keep knee trauma at a minimum.
Wear Proper Footwear
Shoes designed to relieve stress to the joints, tendons and ligaments assist in avoiding injury and tension in the lower body.
Warm Up Before Exercising
Cold muscles do not react well to intense exercise. Thoroughly stretching and warming up before partaking in higher intensity exercise can contribute to better performance and preventing injury.
Build Strength Through Weights
Protect knees against trauma by building up strength in the legs. Start with lighter weights, transitioning to heavier weights to build muscle in a safe and steady manner.
Consider Physical Therapy
The Center for Athletic Performance and Physical Therapy specializes in building strong athletes through physical therapy and performance training. Schedule an appointment with us today and discover how working with trained professionals can make a difference in an active lifestyle.