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What exercises should you avoid with bad knees?

If you have bad knees, it is important to be cautious with exercise and avoid any activities that may put undue stress on your joints. Some exercises you may want to avoid include:

  1. High-impact exercises: Exercises that involve jumping, running or other high-impact movements can put a lot of stress on the knees and exacerbate knee pain. Examples include jumping jacks, running, and plyometrics.

  2. Deep squats: Deep squats put a lot of stress on the knee joint and can cause pain, especially if you have a history of knee problems. It's better to avoid deep squats or modify them to be less intense.

  3. Lunges: Lunges can also be hard on the knees, especially if you have bad form. Avoid deep lunges or modify them to be less intense.

  4. Leg presses and heavy weightlifting: Heavy weightlifting, such as leg presses or squats with heavy weights, can put a lot of strain on the knees. It is best to avoid these types of exercises or modify them to be less intense.

  5. High-intensity interval training (HIIT): HIIT workouts can be intense and may involve high-impact exercises or jumping. These types of workouts may not be suitable for individuals with bad knees.

Instead of these exercises, consider low-impact exercises such as swimming, cycling, or using an elliptical machine. Additionally, exercises that strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee joint can be helpful, such as leg curls, hip abductions, and calf raises. It's always best to consult with a healthcare professional or physical therapist to determine which exercises are safe and appropriate for your individual situation.

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