The 4 Best Exercises for Aging Knees

March 08, 2017

The 4 Best Exercises for Aging Knees

As we age, the pressure we put on our knees and other joints accumulates and causes pain any time we move. The good news is, you can maintain an active lifestyle and avoid this pain. Take a look at these four exercises for that will alleviate the pain associated with aging knees.

  1. Walking 
    Going for a walk is the easiest way to stay active without putting a lot of pressure on your joints. All it takes is 15–45 minutes of walking each day to reap the benefits of walking. The best part about walking is you can enjoy it by yourself or with friends and family.

Walking is perfect for aging knees because it rebuilds your joints and strengthens your legs as you move. The more you build the muscles around your knees, the less pressure your joints will feel.

If you have bad knees, the best places to walk are on flat trails, tracks, and barkdust paths. These surfaces are soft and malleable. When you walk on them, the ground conforms to your unique footprint and stride. Unlike trails, walking on cement and other hard surfaces places excess strain on the joints. When choosing a location to walk, find one that is relatively flat. Going up and down hills causes your body to shift more weight from leg to leg, which puts extra pressure on the knees.

Knee pain isn’t the only pain that walking helps relieve. Walking is also a great way to mitigate the symptoms of anxiety and depression. When you go for a walk, your body produces endorphins that naturally elevates your mood.

  1. Cycling
    Riding a bike is another low-impact exercise that is good for people with achy knees. Those who take short trips on flat surfaces are likely to experience little to no knee pain during their ride. Like walking, cycling is an excellent way to build up the muscles around the knee without damaging the joints. The stronger your leg muscles are, the more impact they absorb when you participate in activities such as cycling. 
  2. Swimming and Water Aerobics
    One of the best exercises for your joints is swimming. Consider most aerobic exercises. Many of them involve awkward landings, sudden stops, pivots, and flexing. All of these movements cause pain and can injure your knees. Swimming, however, involves none of these.  

Because you move through water, swimming puts little to no pressure on your knees. Swimming also reduces stiffness in the joints and strengthens the bones in your legs and knees. Almost anyone, regardless of how intense their knee pain is, can exercise for long periods of time in the water without feeling any joint pain.

Swimming is a particularly good exercise if you also want to keep your heart in great shape. It elevates the heart rate, uses the entire body, and improves lung function.

If taking laps in the pool isn’t for you, try attending a water aerobics class. Any form of treading or moving through water removes pressure from the joints.

  1. Yoga
    Flexibility and strength are the enemy of joint pain. If you’re looking for an exercise that gets you moving but doesn’t leave you trying to catch your breath, consider signing up for a yoga class. Yoga moves combine flexibility and strength to tone and realign the body. Yoga is great for people with aging knees because it doesn’t require you to make sudden or harsh movements, preventing knee pain and soreness.

Exercises such as running and tennis wear down the cartilage in your knee cap. When you have less cartilage in your knee, your body tends to overcompensate and fall out of alignment. Many yoga poses help restore the body by strengthening the vastus medialis muscles (the inner quadriceps). Those with stronger inner quadriceps have straighter, correctly aligned, legs. Legs that are correctly aligned eliminate excess pressure on the knees.

When you’re ready to alleviate your knee pain, incorporate these exercises into your workout regimen.



KneeRover® Comparison

KneeRover® Comparison

The KneeRover® brand offers 5 unique knee walker solutions designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users. Please look at the comparison table below to find the recommended KneeRover® products for you. Product recommendations are based on your height, knee to floor distance, weight, and intended usage.

Please note that we offer 2 ALL TERRAIN options within the KneeRover® family. These revolutionary products enable you to navigate all types of outdoor terrain (grass, dirt, gravel, gaps in sidewalks, etc.) as well as easily move in your home or place of work. We offer 2 ALL TERRAIN sizes to help more people navigate life with no boundaries. To learn more about our All Terrain products, click here.

If you are recovering from a knee injury, we also offer a scooter that enables you to be seated while giving you freedom to move. More information on our Evolution Seated Scooter can be found here.

 

Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
GENERAL
Weight (lbs) 18 24 20 22 27 24
Weight Capacity (lbs) 160 250 300 300 350 300
Recommended User Height Range 3’6″ to 5’4″ 4’3″ to 5’9″ 5′ to 6’5″ 5′ to 6’6″ 5’6″ to 6’8″ 4’11″ to 6’11″
Terrain Use Indoor & Some Outdoor ALL TERRAIN Indoor & Some Outdoor Indoor & Some Outdoor ALL TERRAIN Indoor & Some Outdoor
Steerable YES YES YES YES YES YES
Folds for Easy Transport YES YES YES YES YES YES
Color Light Blue Red Blue Green Blue Blue
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
DIMENSIONS
Overall Length (inches) 26 30 29 31.5 35.5 33.5
Width (inches) 16 20 19 16 21 15.75
Front Axle Width (inches) 16 20 19 16 21 15.75
Folded Height (inches) 13.5 16 19 17 19 23
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
KNEE PLATFORM (Distance from ground to top of knee pad)
Lowest Position (inches) 14 16 17 17.5 19 2 (Seat)
Highest Position (inches) 17.5 19.5 22.5 22.5 22.5 31 (Seat)
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
KNEE PAD
Width (inches) 5 5 6.5 6.5 6.5 N/A
Length (inches) 10 10 12.5 12.5 12.5 N/A
Thickness (inches) 3 2.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 N/A
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
HANDLE BARS
Min Height (inches) 27 32 37 33 34 33
Max Height (inches) 32.5 38 45 43 47 42
Grips Ergo Dynamic Easy Clean Rubber Ergo Dynamic Easy Clean Rubber Ergo Dynamic Easy Clean Rubber Ergo Dynamic Easy Clean Rubber Ergo Dynamic Easy Clean Rubber Ergo Dynamic Easy Clean Rubber
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
WHEELS
Diameter (inches) 5.75 10 7.5 7.5 12 7.5
Number 4 3 4 4 3 4
Type Foam Filled Air Filled Bicycle Tires Solid Non Marking Rubber Solid Non Marking Rubber Air Filled Bicycle Tires Solid Non Marking Rubber
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
BRAKE
Type Rear Disc Brake Rear Bicycle Brake Rear Disc Brake Rear Disc Brake Rear Bicycle Brake Rear Disc Brake
Parking Brake NO NO YES YES YES YES
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
BASKET (INCLUDED)
Dimensions (inches) 7.5 x 5 x 5 7.5 x 5 x 5 12.5 x 8 x 8 12.5 x 8 x 8 12.5 x 8 x 8 12.5 x 8 x 8
Detachable YES YES YES YES YES YES
Features & Specs KneeWalker Jr. All Terrain KneeRover® Jr. KneeCycle Steerable Knee Scooter All Terrain KneeRover® Evolution Seated Scooter
ASSEMBLY
Tool Free Setup YES YES YES YES YES YES