Knees are the largest joints of our body. They help us walk, run, stand, crouch, jump and turn around. They should be kept strong.
Mostly, people experience problems in their knees when they become old. But nowadays, people of any age are experiencing such problems. Weak knees make it difficult to do daily activities climbing, lifting weights, mobility, etc.
There are many reasons for this. It could be injury, too much sodium, lifestyle, nutrition deficiency, smoking, drinking, arthritis, etc. all these can cause wear and tear in the knees.
The following are good ways to keep your knees strong:
Exercise: there are a lot of exercises to keep your knees strong. The bones will be strong, the knee postion will be maintaines and alignment will remain perfect. Do lunges, hamstring contraction, step-ups. Squats, leg raises and knee bends.
Practice them for atleast half an hour every day. Take the help of a trainer if needed. If the pain increases, visit your doctor.
Massage: massage will strengthen your knees. The muscles and joints become strong by improving circulation. Using any wam oil for it- olive, coconut or mustard. Massage in both directions- clockwise and anti-clockwise for a few minutes. Repeat twice a day.
Epsom salt: most of the joint problems and arthritis is caused by magnesium deficiency. Epsom salt is very handy for such people. It reduces inflammation and helps the muscles function properly.
Dissolve a tablespoons in a cup of warm water. Apply on the affected area. Wash off after a few minutes. Repeat as and when necessary. You can also bathe with the salt.
Swimming: swimming helps with knee pain, stiffness and bone strengthening. Swim for an hour, 5 days a week. All the swimming strokes are good for the knees. Just avoid breaststroke if you are in too much pain because a lot of effort is required for it.
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