Protect Your Knees With These 3 Tips
Knee pain is extremely common, but small adjustments to your movement can make a big difference. Follow these 3 keys from coach Tyler at We Shape to improve knee health.
Distribute Weight Through Your Heels
When standing from a seated position, make sure to drive through your heels, not your toes. As Tyler explains, "If too much of your weight distribution is forward on the toes instead of through the heels you're going to be putting a lot more pressure on the knee joint." Keeping weight back protects the knees.
Align Knees Over Toes
Many people's knees collapse inward when standing up. Tyler advises checking that your knees track over your toes. Don't let them cave inwards. Take it slow, pushing your knees outward as you focus on alignment.
Fire Your Glutes
Relying solely on your quad muscles can strain the knees. Consciously engage your glutes as you stand, driving your heels down to activate your backside. This shares the load for healthier knees.
To summarize, distributing weight back, aligning knees over toes, and using your glutes are simple ways to improve knee health in daily life. Tyler suggests practicing intentionally to make these tips habitual. Protect your knees now for comfort long-term.