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.
Published May 29, 2018