Exercises and Workouts: Quick Tips to Help You Prevent Knee Injuries
Knee injuries are one of the most frustrating injuries you can sustain because they will limit you from performing so many different exercises. Also, since you have two knees, the chances of injury will be significantly higher. You don’t always injure both at the same time, so in many cases, one knee will start to hurt, and as it improves, the other will start.
Nothing is more frustrating than this situation.
Fortunately, you can help prevent knee injuries by taking some smart steps. Let’s go over what you need to know …
1. Pay attention to where you exercise. First, make sure you are paying attention to where you are exercising. The surface you are exercising on will influence the amount of total impact that will be placed on your knees.
For example, repetitive jumping on concrete and asphalt is more likely to injure your joints than jumping on grass, so if jumping is part of your training, make sure you are on a grassy surface.
Avoid concrete at all costs and if you are someone who has suffered from knee pain before, you may want to consider adding more treadmill running than running outdoors. The treadmill will provide a more cushioned surface.
2. Invest in good footwear. In addition to looking at the environment in which you run, also think about the shoes you are wearing. Is it still supportive? Do you have the right arch support for your foot build?
If none of these are true, you must buy new shoes, soon. Many people underestimate how much a good pair of cross-training shoes can help prevent not only knee pain, but other body aches as well.
Remember that just because your footwear can Sight Again, this does not necessarily mean that it is working as it should.
3. Listen to your body. Also make sure you are listening to your body. If you’re jumping rope or running and you start to feel pain, don’t ignore it. It is there for a reason.
Learn when you can continue or when to stop exercising immediately. If you learn to read your body, you can stop exercising before the pain turns into a full-blown injury.
4. Lose excess weight. Finally, if you are currently overweight, consider losing it. Excess weight will only increase the total amount of stress placed on your knees with each step you take, increasing your risk of injury.
Even losing 10 pounds (and never finding it again) can make a significant difference.
Here are some key points to know and remember regarding knee pain. Follow these steps and hopefully you will never find it.