Please note: If you’ve been injured in the past or are recovering from an injury, REMEMBER TO CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR TO ENSURE THAT THE FOLLOWING EXERCISES ARE SAFE FOR YOU TO DO!
Knee health is just one component of a person’s overall wellbeing, and to develop it, we are recommending some of our favourite mobility and strength exercises. Unhealthy knees can affect the most basic of human movements like walking, running, standing, squatting, or moving in general, and nobody wants to suffer from limited mobility. Therefore, having healthy knees – and a healthy and balanced body in general – should be an important part of everyone’s general health plan.
Add these exercises and workouts to your fitness routine today to help strengthen the muscles around the knees directly and elsewhere in the body. Remember, everything is connected.
Don’t go to the gym? No problem. Most of the exercises shown here don’t require any equipment, and you can do them anytime, anywhere.
POST SURGERY REHAB EXERCISES
If you’ve had surgery, or you are recovering from an injury, this section is for you. Master the basics here before moving on to anything else.
NOTE: only try the following exercises if you’ve been given the go-ahead by your own doctor or surgeon.
KNEE MOBILITY EXERCISES
Not too many years ago, fitness professionals were of the mindset that a person should never squat past ninety degrees at the knees for safety reasons. Thankfully, that sort of thinking is changing, and now, we promote working to the fullest extent of movement that a joint can accommodate.
Whatever range your knee SHOULD be able to achieve is what you are working to get. Try the following exercises to help develop that!
STRETCHES FOR KNEE HEALTH
SINGLE LEG EXERCISES FOR HEALTHY KNEES
This is necessary so that everything is balanced and each side of the body works optimally on its own without the help of the other (possibly stronger) side. Imbalance anywhere can equal pain or vulnerability.
BALANCE TRAINING FOR KNEE HEALTH
Most people focus on doing the “big” exercises like squats, lunges, things like that, and developing the large muscles of the body, but trust us, they don’t say the difference is in the details for nothing.
Practicing simple balancing-type movements and focusing on the small details of any exercise will help to strengthen the intrinsic and smaller muscles surrounding the knee – the ones that are often weak. The strength or weakness of these muscles could mean the difference between you getting hurt in a compromising situation or not.
KNEE STABILITY DRILLS
PRIMAL MOVEMENT FOR KNEE HEALTH
WORKOUT ROUTINES FOR KNEE HEALTH
If you’ve tried all of our knee exercises, be sure to head over to our hip health page as well. Click here!