Have you ever had difficulty standing up from a chair or squatting down to pick up a laundry basket?
Have you ever felt weakness in your legs and struggled to go up and down stairs?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these scenarios, then it’s very likely that your legs aren’t as strong as they should be.
In a recent video, I describe three exercises that can help increase knee strength so that your legs can start feeling stronger.
Strengthening the muscles in your legs is key to protecting your knee joint. When your gluteal, quad, and hamstring muscles are weak, they cannot accept the forces you place on your body during daily activities like walking, going up and down steps, and squatting to lift a laundry basket from the floor. If your muscles don’t do the work to absorb those forces, then your joints will. Strengthening + flexibility promotes bone health, joint health, and easier mobility.
If it is a constant battle...
With Spring arriving and the weather getting warmer, I tend to see more injuries related to overuse activity. For example, many people increase their walking or running distances. They also may do spring cleaning around the house which translates into more trips up and down the stairs. An increase in yard work naturally occurs too as the snowblower is winterized and the lawn mower is powered up.
Whichever activity you are getting more involved in, it is important to recognize when your activity is too much or you did too much too quickly. In one of my recent videos, I discuss the signs and symptoms of patellar tendinitis. If you are having knee pain, this video will walk you through what to look for and what your next steps should be.
You don’t have to live with pain. Pain doesn’t have to be part of the aging process or something you have to experience as you increase your activity level or get back into sports. Pain is present to let you know something is...
Lunges are a common exercise that people do at home and at the gym.
Unfortunately, knee pain while lunging is a common complaint!
Lunges are a simple exercise to do but they can also wreak havoc if performed incorrectly.
Two tips make this exercise easier and more effective!
Tip #1 = Keep your knee in line with your 2nd toe
Tip #2 = Do not let your knee cross in front of your toes
Here’s a quick video from a recent Facebook Live to show you how to perform a lunge correctly:
If you have any questions or are experiencing knee pain, please do not hesitate to reach out and connect. You can contact me directly at [email protected]
To Your Best Health,
How many times have you attended a holiday party and left with your feet and back aching?
Have you ever said, “Why does it hurt when I stand to talk to people?”
Well, look no further than down to your feet.
That’s right… look down at your shoes.
Guess what? Those high heels that looked so bedazzling are killing your feet and back.
If the toe of your high heels is pointy, then your feet are getting squeezed together and pinching the nerves in your feet… OUCH!
Those high heels are most likely causing your pelvis to rotate forward and increasing the stress on your low back.
All of this sounds like no fun and can be a recipe for a very long night.
Is it any wonder so many ladies end up kicking off their high heels the first chance they get?
Yes, those are pretty uncomfortable too – especially if they offer no arch support. Your feet are basically...
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