Knee pain has been a common injury that causes most exercisers to stop or take a break from exercising. While it very important to discontinue any form of exercise when there is pain, it is also important to know how to avoid these kind of injuries in the first place. Remember; do not apply the proverb “No Pain No Gain” to your exercise routines. What is important in any kind of exercise is “Proper Technique”.
Knee injuries are most of the time the result of overuse. Those doing cardio training walk, jog, run on treadmills every day. All these exercises are weight bearing because all our body weight is on our knees while we are engaged in these exercises.
While treadmills are a great cardio workout, doing it every day will cause pain in the knees. The best way to go along with your cardio workout without any discomfort and breaks due to pain and injury, indulge in working out also on a stationary bike, elliptical machine, rowing machine and stair climber. All these are great cardio machines. While stationary bike is the best among all the machines because it is non weight bearing i.e. while doing this exercise the weight is not on the knees, the best thing you can do is choose to workout on a different machine each day or distribute you workout time on all machines. For e.g. if you’re doing a 45 mins cardio workout on a treadmill most of the days, what you could do is 15 mins treadmill, 15 mins cycle and 15 mins elliptical. This kind of approach is the best to avoid overuse injury to your knee.
If you have read this post and made changes to your workout and your knees felt better, which I am sure will be the case; please don’t forget to let me know.