Anaheim Hills

120 S. Chaparral Ct., Suite 150

Anaheim, CA 92808

Phone: 714-998-9580

Fax: 714-998-9581

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Fullerton

1027 N. Harbor Blvd., Suite B

Fullerton, CA 92832

Phone: 714-870-U4PT (8478)

Fax: 714-870-8405

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Orange

1026 E. Chapman Avenue, Suite C

Orange, CA 92866

Phone: 714-538-1952

Fax: 714-538-1490

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Temecula

41278 Margarita Road, Suite 102

Temecula, CA 92591

Phone: 951-587-8105

Fax: 951-587-8405

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HOW TO STAY FIT WITH BAD KNEES

Jogging is an effective way to stay in shape, but it isn’t the ideal form of exercise when you have bad knees. Running can be painful and can put even more stress on your knee joints. Thankfully, there are many other forms of exercise that give you all the cardiovascular benefits of running without adding to your existing knee pain.

CORE Physical Therapy has put together a few tips for staying fit, even with bad knees:

Cycling


Riding a bicycle is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise. You can cycle outside and explore just like you would with running, or you can do it indoors on a stationary bike. You’ll be able to avoid putting added stress on your joint while utilizing many of the same leg muscles used in running.

Yoga


Yoga is more of a workout than it may seem. There are many different forms that can cater to what you are looking to achieve physically. Yoga can be very relaxing and is great for stretching out tight muscles at the same time.

Swimming


The ideal form of exercise for those with joint problems is swimming. Take a few laps or do an aqua-aerobics routine, even treading water for a steady period of time will give you as many cardiovascular benefits—if not more—than a daily jog. Swimming utilizes water resistance to enhance muscular development while putting very little stress on the joints.

Rowing Machine


If your local gym has a rowing machine available, give it a try. You’ll find it gives you an intense full-body workout without being too abrasive on your knees. It does require some leg support, so start with low resistance and build your way up to avoid any straining.

Walking


If you want to keep it simple, taking daily walks is a good way to stay active. To receive the same cardiovascular benefits as you would with running, you may have to do a little more of it, but you can be sure walking will be gentle on your knees.

We at CORE Physical Therapy hope you find these tips helpful. These are just a few alternatives that will help you stay in shape without putting added stress on your knees.

For more information about CORE Physical Therapy’s personal training sessionscontact us today.