The Value of Exercise to Knee Health
Action and Reaction. Cause:and Affect. Demand and Response.
Rules of physics tell us that our body responds to any stress that we introduce to it – like exercise. This is true for both cardiovascular and strength-building exercise and is referred to as the SAID principle – Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand. Thinking about your knees (crucial elements of the body’s structure), your body responds to stresses placed on the knee joint by strengthening the muscles and connective tissues that stabilize it, thus keeping it healthy, stable and functioning well.
If I ran the Seawall each and every day, I’d likely end up with painful knee inflammation. In contrast, if I just sat around, I’d get “weak-kneed” and sore from having my legs in a bent position all the time. Readers who experience knee pain have learned that it takes an optimum balance of activity, intensity, frequency and rest time to ensure that the knees serve their purpose pain-free.
Have a look at the short video below – it provides a great, non-medical explanation of knee anatomy. (from Sports-Injury-Info.com)
Knee dysfunction is very common today – and has many root causes. Most however start with the ankles and hips – mobility joints at each end of the leg.
I have much more information on this topic. Meanwhile, here are 4 primary recommendations if you are having knee issues:
- Check your shoes. Remember that good fitting shoes are your best defence against knee problems.
- Check your squat. Learn it well and do it. Really, it does make a difference. Knees are designed to bend fully.
- Check your muscle balance. The strength of your quads, your glutes, your hamstrings and your calf muscles needs to be balanced for the knee joint to align properly and to move through its full range of motion.
- Check your mobility /flexibility. Knee stability depends on hip mobility which can be improved with flexible hip flexor and hamstring muscles.
Drop me a note for more information, or for a referral to some knee specialists who can help you out. If you already work with a Trainer, show them this article and be sure that you are getting an exercise routine that promotes knee health.
If you are fortunate enough to participate in regular exercise without any knee problems, make sure that you stay vigilant with a balanced program of leg strengthening and flexibility.
Doug at MyTrainerSays dot com