Tips for Senior Citizens to Prevent Knee Injuries and Stay Active

Staying active is important throughout our lifetimes, but it’s especially important for senior citizens. Seniors often have plenty of downtime which makes it easy to sit around and watch TV for too long.

Staying active can keep you physically fit and can also help prevent developing age-related conditions such as knee injuries. Here are some common types of activities seniors can participate in to potentially reduce their risk of knee injuries.

Endurance Activities

These activities get your heart rate up and increase blood flow. They include walking (running is not good on the knees) and dancing. You should try to walk 5,000 steps per day and a fitness tracking device can keep track for you. Once you get used to that you should aim for about 7,5000 steps each day.

Strength Exercises

Weight training can strengthen muscles and keep the body strong. With age comes natural muscle loss, so strength exercises are recommended. Focus on the whole body overall, and there are plenty of exercises that are good for the legs and knees.

Stretching

One of the best things you can do to prevent injuries including knee injuries is to stretch. Where you just do some basic stretches or participate in a more advanced technique like yoga, stretching is a simple yet effective way to stay healthy.

Balance Exercises

Improving your balance can reduce your risk of falling, which often causes knee and other injuries. Improving one’s balance involves some simple exercises including standing on one foot or doing single leg squats.

If you’re experiencing knee pain or other knee problems, the experienced professionals at The Knee Institute specialize in non-surgical knee treatment as well as interventional regenerative medicine and peripheral neuropathy. Give us a call today at 248-804-7226 for more information.

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