Challenge Forum: help for knee... pain

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surfergirl62

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 15:45
I'm looking for advice to do the squats without getting the knee pain i get when i run. i really think i can do the squats as long as i don't get too low. but does anyone have any other advice to keep me from getting the horrible knee pain? i am 50 now,(can't believe it) but i have always been a athlete before i gained all this weight. i know my thigh muscles can do this as i used to be and avid snow skier and water skier, as well as hunter/jumper rider (horse).Thanks for your help! #ReadyTOSquat!
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Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 21:23
Just remember to focus on form. Avoiding knock knees can help. However, if you do start to feel pain doing regular squats, try turning your feet out to the side and spreading your legs just a little bit. These are typically called wide squats. Another suggestion is to look into a knee brace. But above all, if the pain persists, please seek advice from a physician. We want to avoid injuries.
surfergirl62

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Posted: 14 Mar 2013, 20:22
what is knock knees? I always have my legs apart enough so my knee's never knock togther, is
that what it means? thanks so much for your advice!
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Posted: 15 Mar 2013, 08:49
Yes. Knock knees is when you are doing your squat and instead of keeping your knees straight (above your feet), your knees come together and touch.
Bbody1972

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Posted: 15 Mar 2013, 15:26
Make sure you feel your weight in your heels. If you are doing a proper squat you could lift your toes off the floor and still have your balance. While you are in the squat position your knees should not be past your toes...better yet you should see your laces so you know you are sitting right back on your heels. Works wonders for you butt too Smile
drose1

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Posted: 16 Mar 2013, 20:58
You might also want to try wall squats
surfergirl62

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Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 17:15
THANK YOU! great idea!!
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surfergirl62

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Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 17:19
TO Bbody1972 THANK YOU SO MUCH - JUST TRYIED YOUR ADVICE. REALLY HELPED. I DID 20 AND REALLY FELT THE BURN! EVEN SAW MY TOES AND WAS ON MY HEELS. AND ON THE WALL. I WOULD OF FELL OVER IF IT WASN'T FOR THE WALL. LOL.
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Bbody1972

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Posted: 18 Mar 2013, 09:58
great job!!! don't sacrifice form for number of reps. Modify with the wall until you can do them on your own. Keep it up!!! Smile
drose1

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Posted: 18 Mar 2013, 12:14
Good job!!
kwebb5891

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Posted: 19 Mar 2013, 08:11
Wall Squats

•Stand with your back against a wall, placing your feet about two feet out in front of you. Feet should be hip-distance apart.
•Bending your knees, slide your back down the wall until your knees are at 90 degree angles. Your knee joints should be over your ankle joints, so you may need to inch your feet further from the wall to create proper alignment. Your thighs should remain parallel.
•Hold for 30 to 60 seconds, and then stand up. Repeat for a total of three reps.
•To make this move more challenging, alternate between lifting your left heel for a few seconds and then your right. This helps to target your calves.
Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. - Mark Twain

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Posted: 19 Mar 2013, 09:31
Good job surfergirl!