If you’re recovering from a leg injury or looking to strengthen your knees, these are the nine best leg and knee injury workouts on YouTube. These workouts will prevent stiffness, build strength, increase blood flow and boost your heart rate while recovering from an injury.
Stay strong and healthy while recovering from an injury with these leg and knee injury workouts.
If you are recovering from a leg/knee injury that requires surgery (like me), or have knee pain and are looking for a workout that challenges you, I’ve rounded up my top knee and leg friendly workouts at home.
It is important to keep moving when recovering from a knee injury to prevent stiffness, reduce knee pain, increase blood circulation, improve flexibility and strengthen your knees. Strengthening the muscles around your knee joints like your collateral ligaments and patellar tendon can help reduce the risk of injuries in the future too.
Most of these free knee friendly workouts require a chair/bench, set of medium-to-heavy dumbbells, and mini loop resistance band.
Rest is extremely important, especially in the early stages of an injury; but once you are cleared by your doctor, exercise can actually speed up recovery from a knee injury. Begin with one of our Leg/Knee Injury Workouts or Seated Workouts. You will need to be careful when performing weight-bearing exercises and avoid high-impact workouts to help you knee fully recover.
Recovering from a knee injury or experiencing knee pain can be a slow process. For those who were active prior to their knee injury, it can be frustrating to find a workout routine. But there are several ways you can stay active, with Chair/Mat Workouts and Upper Body Strength Training.
While it may be challenging to imagine performing cardio exercises without putting stress on your knee joint, there are several cardio activities that are knee friendly. An exercise that speeds up your heart and breathing is a good cardio workout. Both upper body strength training workouts and chair workouts are cardio workouts you can do when recovering from a knee or leg injury that will raise your heart rate.
Common knee injuries include sprains, acute injuries, tears of soft tissues (meniscus tear, anterior cruciate ligament (acl) or posterior cruciate ligament). These can be caused by overuse injuries or sports injuries. Call your doctor and seek care if you are unable to bear weight on your knee or feel as if your knee is unstable, and if you are experiencing pain and swelling.
Equipment: Medium-to-Heavy Dumbbells, Chair/Bench and optional Mini Loop Resistance Band.
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