Aquatic Knee Exercises

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While we can't technically strengthen the knee joint itself, we can certainly strengthen and stabilize all of the muscles surround the knee joint. Find out about great aquatic knee exercises with help from an experienced fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Michelle McLafferty and these are some aquatic knee exercises. While we can't technically strengthen the knee joint itself, we can certainly strengthen and stabilize all of the muscles surround the knee joint. The knees bear approximately 80% of our body weight so they are susceptible to damage over time but the water provides an optimal place to strengthen and tone all of the surrounding muscles with little to no strain on the joints. So two basic exercises for strengthening your knee are lunges and noodle press downs. For lunges you just want to make sure that you are in waist to shoulder depth water, lunge forward, stepping in through the heel and then lifting off, feeling the quadriceps and the muscles in your glutes engage as you lunge forward. The second exercise that's great for strengthening around the knee is a noodle press. Any noodle will do and you're going to go into the shallow end of the water, put the noodle underneath your foot. It's going to want to come up because it's buoyant and your goal is to keep your knee at 90 degrees, nice and stable, push the noodle down to the ground, allow it to come back up to 90 and push it down. You will feel the muscles in the back of the leg and the front of the leg working.

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