You love working out, and morning runs have become an essential part of your day. Problem is, your knees aren’t in agreement. Rather than hanging up your running shoes, consider incorporating strength training exercises into your workout routine. While strengthening certain muscle groups may not entirely eliminate knee pain, it can help minimize it.
A traditional workout routine of squats and lunges is not the place to start. Instead, begin with specific movements to target both the quadriceps and glutes. This lower body workout combines isolation exercises with functional movements to strengthen the muscles that support the knees. Start off slowly and progress only if you have no pain.
Lay on the ground face up. Bend your right knee, keeping your right foot flat on the ground. Extend your left leg out straight, pushing slightly through the heel to activate your quads. Squeeze your left quadriceps, and lift your left leg no higher than your right knee. Lower the left leg, but don’t let your heel touch th