August 19, 2018
Protect Your Knees During Exercise

Protect Your Knees During Exercise

by Health After 50  

If you have a joint or bone condition and want to protect your knees when working out, avoid these seven missteps.

  • Executing deep lunges or full squats
  • Running downhill or on very hard, very soft, or hilly terrain
  • Taking large steps on the stairs of a stair-climbing machine
  • Performing full leg extensions with locked knees
  • Exercising in worn-out shoes
  • Suddenly increasing the intensity or length of your workouts
  • Cycling at a heavy resistance that causes discomfort in your knees or with the seat too low or too high (your leg should have a slight bend when fully extended on the pedal)

These tips first appeared in the May 2018 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.