Protecting Your Aging Knees

Jennifer Bonn
2 min readMay 25, 2024
Photo by Melanie Kreutz on Unsplash

I love to run, and I have been running since I was a teenager. At 66, I have to protect my knees more than I did back then.

I strained my knee when I was 55 and tore my meniscus two years ago, but those two injuries taught me how to do a better job of protecting myself. Here are a few things I learned through physical training and advice from the orthopedist.

Stretching

When I was twenty I never stretched but probably should have. Now I know It helps to prevent injuries so every morning I take a few minutes to stretch everything. It makes a huge difference for me. It also helps to use a roller to work out the muscles and if you have some tight spots like in your shoulders place a tennis ball under you and gently move back and forth.

Don’t forget your calf muscles. Stand on a stair with half of your foot hanging off and stretch your calf muscle.

Hip exercises

I have been told many times that strong hips keep everything else strong. If you use a gym make sure the hip machine is part of your routine. If you work out at home lift your legs to the side and add a weight to make it more difficult.

Core exercises

Everything is connected and when one muscle group is weak it can affect the rest of the body so keep your core…

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Jennifer Bonn

My specialties are education, running, parenting, and self-help. My book 101 Tips to Lighten Your Burden can be found on Amazon. My blogwww.jenniferswriting.org