Hey, happy Monday!
I forgot to take a photo of what we did last Friday. The videographer came over to my house and we filmed some more YouTube videos for you. So, watch out for those videos in the next two to three weeks.
Today, I will share a number of exercises that will help strengthen your knees if you suffer from knee pain and discomfort.
In today’s video, I wanted to go through some Easy and Effective Knee Strengthening Exercises for Arthritis.
Easy and Effective Knee Strengthening for Arthritis
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I got Jenna to demonstrate the exercises.
#1 – Seated Leg Raises on the floor
Sit on the floor. Place hands on the side. Toes must be pointing straight up. Relax and contract the quad as you slowly lift one leg a few inches off the ground and then back down.
Seated Leg Raises on the floor
If you are not able to lift your leg off the ground, that’s perfectly fine. Just contract the quad and lift the leg a little bit or like half the weight or three quarters the weight of the leg.
Perform 1 set of 5 reps in smooth controlled movement with nice contraction; hold the top position for a few seconds. Intensity is light with the purpose of working on the activation, endurance and strengthening the muscles in the quadriceps and hips.
#2 – Seated Leg Raises using a chair
Sit on a chair. Contract the quad and straighten the leg out. Slowly lift the leg up. Ideally, the leg is parallel with the thigh. Slowly bring the leg down to the starting position.
Seated Leg Raises using a chair
Perform 1 set of 5 reps in smooth controlled movement with a good contraction at the top position. Intensity is light with the purpose of working on the activation, endurance and strength of the muscles in the quad and hips areas.
#3 – Half Squat
Begin with standing nice and upright. Separate the feet with your toes out to the side a little bit. Place your hands out front. Bring the hips back and knees forward and squat down. Slowly raise your body back up as you return to the starting position. Squat down to whatever level you can.
Perform 1 set of 5 reps in smooth controlled movement with a good stop at the bottom position. Intensity is light to moderate depends on how strong you are in your knees and in your hips. This exercise helps in strengthening the muscles around the hips and knees. Also, it trains good tracking of your legs for good movement of the knee over the foot and hip alignment.
#4 – Sits to Stand
Sit nice and upright on a chair, a box or something firm. Put your hands to the side. You move from a sitting position to a standing position and then back to a sitting position. You can use your hands to guide you when doing this exercise.
Sits to Stand
Perform 1 set of 5 reps in smooth controlled movement with a good stop at each of the positions. Intensity is light to moderate depends on how strong you are in the knees and in the hips. With this exercise you are working on strengthening the muscles around the knee and the hip.
Give these four exercises a go. These are easy and effective knee strengthening exercises especially if you have arthritis.
If you are looking for a program to help eliminate your knee discomfort, then check out the Fix My Knee Pain program here:
Rick Kaselj, MS