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  • Keeping Your Knees Healthy

    [caption id="attachment_2071" align="alignleft" width="454" caption="Keep Your Knees Healthy and In Shape"]Tips for keeping your knees healthy.[/caption]

     

    As far as joints go, knees are one of the most important and valuable, and should not be taken for granted.  If you are having knee problems or want to prevent future problems, ZentoFitness has some great tips. Read up on how to keep your knees healthy from the start, so you don’t have to worry about injured knees when you’re older. Although surgery is sometimes an option in extreme cases, it is always best if it can be avoided. Check out this Zen to Fitness post on mobilization exercises and improving knee health:

    Encourage Blood Flow - The best way to do this quite simply is to move. Especially walking and staying on your feet in a good balanced posture without shifting weight from one knee to another when standing. When walk lots on a regular basis our knees don’t have the opportunity to lockup and become immobile. Unlike other exercise walking is low impact and doesn’t stress the joints like running (especially long distances on tarmac) does.

    Build the Supporting Muscles – The best prescription for this is to do lots of bodyweight exercises for the legs in good form. Think Lunges, Squats, Yoga etc all of these exercises and activities are excellent at building the deeper muscles and ligaments in the legs, especially those which surround and support the knee. The stronger your muscles around the knee the more blood flow and support of the joint therefore the better the health of the knee. Having strong muscles surrounding the knees will also make them more durable when it comes to impact – a huge advantage for people who play sports on a regular basis.

    Mobilise – Bodyweight Squats are the king for knee mobilisation. The Amosov Squat being my favourite (see video below) and the one that seems most effective in opening up and getting nutrients and fluid to the knee joint. Starting each day with a few of these squats is a great way to mobilise not only your knees but also open up the hips for the day.

    Wear the right footwear – Spending too long in any kind of modern footwear is not a good thing for the knees. When you are at home take off your shoes, try to spend more time barefoot allowing the body to adjust to a more natural gait. As mentioned in previous posts if you do a lot of sports in shoes consider investing in a pair of free/natural shoes, they will save your knees in the long-term and allow for more dynamic and natural when exercising.

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