Do you notice that your knees ache more and more with age? Or maybe you’ve noticed that you don’t feel as stable through your legs as you did in your younger years. If this is the case, you’re likely in need of a knee strengthening program. The cause behind these aches and pains are most likely due to a lack of strength in the muscles that support these joints.
Our knee joints are made up of bones, cartilage, and ligaments. The surrounding muscle is what provides the structure to support our knee and allow it to function properly. If you’re not exercising and strengthening this surrounding muscle, it’ll result in a breakdown of cartilage and further wear and tear of your bones. The good news is that this can be reversed by starting a knee strengthening program.
To start, visit a doctor or physiotherapist for a full assessment of your knees to make sure there aren’t any underlying issues. Next, start with a basic strengthening and stretching program to work on the surrounding muscles. Here are my top 10 exercises that can help seniors strengthen their knees. I suggest picking a few of these exercises and trying them out for yourself!
Glute bridges are a great way to strengthen the front and back of your thighs, and your buttocks. All of these muscles help to support you knee, so making them stronger will help decrease your pain and allow you to feel steadier on your feet.
When performing glute bridges, aim to squeeze your muscles tight as you raise your hips off the floor and then relax as you slowly lower back down to the floor.