There's nothing like a bad knee to put you in a bad mood. And as you probably know, we are all very susceptible to knee injuries.
Research shows how common it is for high school athletes to tear their ligaments in sports, especially in soccer or basketball. Or if you're a skier, you’ve likely been told innumerable horror stories about blown ACLs and meniscus rips. And then, there is aging. Over time, our knees will become vulnerable to arthritis.
Though studies repeatedly show that one of the worst things we can do for our health is being sedentary, leading an active lifestyle comes with risks too — especially as we age. This is why it's critical to incorporate strengthening and mobility exercises that target your knees into your fitness and yoga programs.
The following five moves are designed to help heal knee injuries (please consult your doctor first), or prevent them from occurring if you don't already have one. They're also great for arthritis, which may just strike you down the road no matter how healthy you are now.
I performed these exercises during my recovery from a completely destroyed ACL and partially torn MCL (though I didn't end up having surgery), in addition to a robust yoga and fitness program I created for myself.
1. Dynamic High Lunges