Five Ways to Prevent One of the Most Common Injuries
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- Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight puts extra stress on your knees and can make an existing knee injury worse. Maintaining a healthy weight will decrease stress on your knees and help you avoid potential injuries. And even a little bit of weight loss helps: One pound off the scale relieves four pounds of stress on your knees.
- Warm up before exercise: Before working out, make sure you stretch your quadriceps and hamstrings. Stretching these muscles will help warm up your tendons, which relieves pressure on your knees.
- Focus on low-impact exercises: Avoid running and other high-impact exercises by using a rowing machine, exercise bike or other low-impact cardio workout to decrease your risk of injuring your knees. If you just can’t give up running, do it with a slight lean forward to help relieve stress on your knees.
- Start swimming and power walking: These two activities strengthen your leg muscles, which ultimately decreases your risk of a knee injury. (These can also double as low-impact cardio workouts!)
- Gradually increase intensity: Jumping right into a vigorous exercise regimen is a recipe for knee disaster. Start out easy and gradually push yourself to do longer, tougher workouts.