Many of us have issues with our knees and therefore, have a hard time strengthening our legs because of feeling limited to certain exercises (like squats) and the pain that they come with.
The article linked below has three exercises that work your quads that are not squats, and two that are squats (but still don't hurt!). Give it a try and see how it works for you!
A few points I'd like to highlight from the above article:
It can be difficult to fully diagnose knee pain. Sometimes, doctors and therapists don't have a good solution to figure out how to fix the problem. So, I would encourage you to try different things and see how they make you feel.
Knee pain can come from overactive and under-active muscles. The overactive muscles are ones that you use a lot and the underactive muscles are those that need to be strengthened. This imbalance can cause uneven tension on your joints which leads to pain.
Overactive muscles can often be very tight. They require a lot of stretching to get them back to a healthy elastic length.
Just like we talked about in the August Lunch n' Learn, it is best to get up and move throughout the day to keep your muscles from tightening up too much. During those breaks you should stretch to release tension. Again, something different may work for everyone, but these are good things to keep in mind to try as well as the recommended exercises.
Click here to read the full article and see descriptions and videos for each exercise.
Your partner in wellness,