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2/12/14 10:24 P

I'd echo the advice about finding out exactly what is wrong with your knees.

For me, I have some damage to my ligaments in my left knee, which causes the rest of the joint to have to compensate after I sprained my knee four years ago. If I can keep the joint stable, then the injury isn't an issue. I wear a brace during cardio, and I'm working with a personal trainer to try to strengthen the muscles in my legs to better support the joint. I'm very fortunate that my doctor also specialized in sports medicine, because I don't think I would have had an action plan without her.

Naturally, if your bad needs are related to arthritis or another condition, then the exercises would be different.

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2/12/14 8:58 P

Good luck. I just had a knee injury, luckily it's healing pretty well... Should get easier with weight loss too. emoticon

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2/12/14 7:47 P

It depends on what exactly the problem is with the knees.

Some people find that impact is the real issue, and by avoiding higher impact activities like running, walking and jumping, they can still bend the knees comfortably, and cycling (whether outside or an exercise bike), elliptical, etc still allow them to get in a great workout.

If bending the knees is a problem, then perhaps swimming or water walking is a better option.

Spark's Limited Mobility Lifestyle Center also has a range of suggestions for seated workouts.

But I would encourage you to speak to a physical therapist who can recommend exercises specifically to strengthen your knee, taking into account your specific condition.

Also, as you lose weight, there is less stress and force on the knees, and this may help also.


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2/12/14 5:29 P

Strengthening your quads is one of the most important things you can do to help your knees. A good physiotherapist can help you with the best exercises for your particular situation.

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2/12/14 4:59 P

I have arthritis in my knees so I had to work with my trainer to develop some good exercises. I started with some deadlifts, then some shallow lunges and squats. I also had a resistance band around my feet, then work the quad to pull them apart. I would recommend talking to a trainer to get some ideas.

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2/12/14 4:08 P

I would suggest asking your doctor to a referral to a physical therapist, who can design a program based on your physical limitations and needs without exacerbating (and maybe even improving!) your issues.

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2/12/14 3:06 P

I have really bad knees what exercises should I do for my legs?

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