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.


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…



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