Knee pain can be one of the most debilitating pains you can face. Knee pain can sideline even the most hardcore athletes from the sports and activities they love. Luckily for all of us, knee pain can be prevented, here are some tips to avoid knee pain and keep you up and running:
Rethink the Runner’s Stretch
The Runner’s Stretch is one of the most common stretches we do before exercise. The Runner’s Stretch is where you pull your foot back to your butt to stretch your thigh. While this stretch does stretch your thigh, it can actually jam your kneecap and cause pain in your knee.
Keep your weight down
Excess weight can put undue stress onto your knees. After all, your knees are joints, and carrying excess weight puts more wear and tear on them. Maintaining a healthy diet and weight is one of the best ways to improve you knee health.
Exercise should leave you feeling a little sore, but it should not hurt you. If exercise is leaving you in pain, then something is probably wrong. If running is leaving you in pain, consider switching to a low impact exercise like swimming or yoga. Limiting the impact on your knees can allow you to work out without the pain.
Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. When it comes to your knee health, watch out for foods that cause inflammation. Cut out foods that upset your stomach or gives you acid reflux, that’s your body’s way of alerting you. See if cutting out certain foods relieves your knee pain. Focus on foods that are rich in calcium and vitamins.
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