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I have knee problems - are there any exercises I should avoid?

Hi everyone,

I'm a 35-year-old fitness enthusiast who has recently been experiencing some knee pain. I'm not entirely sure what the cause of it is, but I'm looking for some advice on exercises that I should avoid to prevent aggravating my knee.

I typically enjoy doing a lot of high-impact exercises like running and jumping, as well as weightlifting. However, I've been noticing some discomfort and pain in my knee area, particularly when I do any kind of jumping exercises or squats.

I don't want to exacerbate my knee problem even further, so I'm wondering if there are any specific exercises that I should stay away from. Any advice or tips on how I can still maintain an active lifestyle while taking care of my knee would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

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I'm sorry to hear about your knee problems, and I hope you find a solution soon. As a runner, I had to temporarily stop altogether due to my knee pain. I know how important it is to modify our exercise routines when we experience pain, and I have some suggestions based on my personal experience.

Firstly, anything that involves twisting or pivoting can be harmful to your knees. So, sports like basketball, soccer, or tennis may not be a good idea. You should also avoid any exercises that involve a lot of bending at the knee joint, specifically deep lunges, burpees, or squats where the knee joint goes past the toes.

That being said, there are plenty of low-impact exercises that you can enjoy without impacting your knees. Cycling, swimming, or rowing are great exercises that engage the lower body while being easy on the knees. Yoga can also help you stretch and stabilize your muscles without straining your knees.

Low-impact strength exercises like wall sits, leg extensions, or resistance-band training can also help strengthen your knee muscle groups without putting too much pressure on your joint.

Lastly, I would recommend you talk to a doctor before starting any new exercise regimen. A professional can assess the extent of an injury and recommend exercises or stretches that are appropriate for you.

I hope this helps!


Hey there,

I've experienced knee problems in the past, and I understand how frustrating it can be to modify your exercise routine. To add to the advice already given, I would recommend avoiding any exercises that involve sudden changes in direction or stopping abruptly, like jumping or quick pivoting in sports like basketball or soccer.

High-impact exercises like running and jumping should be avoided until your knee heals. However, low-impact exercises can be an excellent way to maintain your fitness level. Walking, hiking, and elliptical training are exercises that will not put a lot of unnecessary pressure on your knees.

As for strength training, my physical therapist recommended working on my core, quadriceps, and hamstrings to alleviate knee pain. Exercises like planks, squats with a stability ball against a wall, or hamstring curls are low-impact exercises that can help you develop those muscles without causing additional knee problems.

Staying active and healthy is essential, but when you're dealing with pain, it's crucial not to push yourself too hard. So be mindful of your movement and make adjustments as necessary. And most importantly, listen to your body and give it the rest it needs.

Good luck, and I hope you start feeling better soon!


Hi there,

I can totally relate to your situation. I have been dealing with knee problems for a while now, and it can be really frustrating when it comes to working out.

In my experience, the most important thing to avoid is any kind of high-impact exercise. This includes running, jumping, and anything that puts a lot of pressure on your knees. I found that doing things like cycling or swimming are great low-impact options that don't aggravate my knee.

Another exercise that I had to avoid is lunges. Although lunges are great for working out your glutes and quads, they can be really painful on your knees. Instead, I have been doing squats using a resistance band or on a machine with lower weight and higher reps.

My advice to you would be to listen to your body and take it easy. Don't push yourself too hard, and make sure to incorporate stretching and mobility exercises into your routine to keep your knee joint healthy.

Hope that helps!


Hey there,

I have had knee problems for a while and would love to help out with some advice.

In my experience, I found that exercises that put a lot of pressure on the knees are the ones to avoid. Specifically, jumping exercises like burpees, jumping jacks or box jumps. Avoiding jumping or skipping rope is a good idea too. When I had knee problems, I substituted these exercises with low-impact endurance training like cycling, cross trainers, or simply walking, which still provided a good cardio workout without risking the knee pain.

Apart from high impact, resistance training exercises can also be a problem for those with knee issues. But after some research and consultation with a physiotherapist, I started incorporating weight training in my routine. Firstly, selecting exercises that put less stress on my knees such as leg press, calf raises or hip thrusts also helped strengthening my knees in the long run.

Lastly, I would suggest that you get professional consultation from a physiotherapist or doctor. Sometimes, it may be more than just a minor injury, they can guide you further and advise you on exercises specific to your condition.

I hope that helps, and I wish you a speedy recover.

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