5 Exercises To Strengthen Your Knees

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Editor's note: Just about everyone I know goes through a "bad knee" period at some point. And for good reason: These joints are your body's main shock absorbers, so they can endure a lot of wear and tear. That's why I was glad to see this post by Christine, who's recovering from knee surgery and found five exercises that really help. Whether you're recovering from knee surgery yourself or just want to strengthen these joints to prevent future injury, your knees will thank you for reading on. —Judy

One of the things that I learned during physical therapy was that in order to strengthen and stabilize my knees, I needed to strengthen my hips and glutes. You see, the muscles in our hips and glutes help to relieve some of the stress and pressure on our knees and to keep our knees in alignment. This is especially true for women. Because we have (ahem) wider hips, that can put extra pressure on our knees and cause them to fall inwards. Strength in your hips and glutes help to counteract this.

Christine Yu
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