(Closed) Bees with Bad Knees?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I heart ellipticals. My knees can’t handle high impact cardio, so it’s the elliptical, stationary/regular bicycle, and swimming for me. I go for brisk walks as well; not the same as jogging, but at least it gets me outside and my knees don’t protest too much.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Im a yoga buff.  the only thing that (randomly) really bothers my knees is standing on one leg with my weight shifted forward, like single standing stright leg or whatever that one is called (stand on one leg, holding other leg perpendicular to your body straight out)

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t have knee issues, but Fiance and my dad both do.  The elliptical is not hard on the knees, and you may also want to try an exercise bike (or biking outside when the weather is nice).  Both of these build up the muscles in your legs, around your knees, which should help with preventing injury.  I think if you combine low-impact cardio with weight training (and proper stretching/cool downs) you should be able to get and stay fit.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yes, I had surgery on my right knee and now have 2 screws in the front of my knee. I do yoga and belly dancing and it keeps me in shape and is low impact.  I used to be a runner and I am slowly working up to jogging. But I love the elliptical trainers I used at my physical therapy place. I am an active person to begin with and am always outdoors now geocaching so I get good walks and exercise outside too. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@archielamb: greatest post ever!!! i have incredibly bad knees and right now i do aquasize and walks…im loking forward to seeing what other people say!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It works muscles I never even knew I had and I was a gymnast and am still in shape but dang, it uses whole new muscles!

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I love the elliptical and swimming.  I have learned that I will never, ever be a runner.  I’ve gotten to week 4 of Couch to 5k twice, and my knees start killing me.  No matter how badly I want a runner’s body, it’s never going to happen.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I used to have a lot of knee problems and they still hurt sometimes but I started taking a liquid form of glucosamine chondroitin. It is recommended for anyone that exercises as it helps keeps your bones and joints healthy. My boss and a few other runners at work originally told me about it…some of them are taking it to prevent future problems.

I dont know too much about Chondromalacia so my post may be completely irrelevant but I think once you rest your knee you will slowly be able to begin activites again.

Again, I’m not sure about the last paragraph, hopefully I’m not completely wrong? Good luck finding a new workout that you like!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Swimming is the best. Brisk walking doesn’t bother my knees too badly. I was an avid runner and still enjoy it, but my knees usually pay for it the next day.

I’ve taken a couple of pilates/yoga classes that haven’t been to bad on them either. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Definitly PT helps. Find one you like (if you haven’t already)

I have joint issues because of: severe pronation, hyperextension in every major joint, and now hyper-lateral patellas.

I’ve found that ellipticals are great as are stationary bikes and kind of surprisingly, horseback riding. Because you are using your knees merely as a suspension, in conjunction with your ankles, it doesn’t cause as much strain on your knees. After my first major injury I was able to get to riding before anything else (even before I was off crutches). And added bonus is that is builds up the muscle that keeps your patella in place which is always good.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Swim! My personal trainer also set me up with some ball and resistant band exercises that takes pressure off the knees. My knees are awful from dancing when I was younger and they can’t take running or anything like that. If I even try they crack and crack over and oveeeeeeeer and it is no fun later in the day.

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