If you take up exercising again after a long break and weight gain like me, or if your response is "Exercise? What is that?", then please spare some consideration for your knees.
Note to self: Before you go crazy with jumping jacks, take a minute or two each day to strengthen the muscles supporting your knees! OUCH
I really went with a lot of gusto for Jillian's 30 day shred. Great program...but with a lot of rope jumps and jumping jacks .... and I have sore knees to show for it.
I know that I need to condition and train the muscles around y knees so that I do not end up injuring my knees. But all that knowledge apparently went out of the window! yuck
So here I am feeling each and every jumping jack as I struggle to sleep in my bed!
Some simple tricks to strengthen your knees...
a) Assisted lunges..as many as you can for each leg for a week. Unassisted thereafter.
b)Reverse leg curls ..again as many as you can.This will condition your hamstrings
c) Finally, stand with legs shoulder width apart and knees slightly bent. Extend your left leg diagonally behind your right leg and hold the stretch. Repeat with other leg. Repeat as many times as you want. This should stretch the outside of the muscles around your knees.
Do this routine everyday. Your knees will thank you!