Leg Exercises That Don't Hurt the Knees

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Not all leg exercises are automatically going to hurt your knees. Find out about leg exercises that you can do that don't hurt your knees with help from a health and human performance specialist in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Lisa with danceypantsfitness.com here at Anytime Fitness, South Longview, Texas. I'd like to show you a few exercises that will not hurt your knees. The very first one we're going to go ahead and get right on the floor, people are really concern about knees, there are so many knee injuries these days that a lot of people just don't know exactly what they can do, exercises for their legs that won't hurt their knees. So, I'm just going to show you three. This first one, go ahead and get on your side, you're going to lift up, so your knee's in a neutral position and, didn't have a lot of pressure on it here. You're going to flex the bottom foot and you're just going to lift it up. This is great for the inner thighs, okay. You're just going to pulse and then do some slow ones. Do a few more pulses, do as many of these as you can. You're going to feel both legs beginning to shake quite a bit. The very next one I'm going to show you is more of a downward dog pose with some leg pulses. So, I'm going to get up here; I'm going to pick up one of my legs and I'm just going to do some pulses. My core is pulled in nice and tight and I'm really focused on the back of my thigh here and the gluts. I'm going to do about 20 on one side and 20 on the other. The very last one I'm going to show you is a bridge with a ball. I'm going to go ahead and get on my back. One foot goes on the ball, the other foot is going to cross over my leg. You're going to push down on the ball, push up through the heel and you're going to do some pulses here. And this is definitely more difficult than just doing the same exercise with your foot on the floor and you can do that if you need the modification. But, if you want something more challenging, but that's easy on the knees, this is a great one especially when you have it on the ball because you're trying to keep that ball from going side to side or sliding out from under you; so, you have that added coordination there as well and you're going to feel a tremendous amount of pressure right here in the back of the legs. Great hamstring exercise. So, those are three exercises that will be very, very gentle on your knees, but will work your legs great.


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