While knee pain and stiffness can become more common as we age. It doesn’t have to be inevitable. The good news is there are a number of ways to keep your knees as healthy as possible.

Here are a few tips

The knees are the largest joint in the we rely on them for pretty much any form of movement- such as running walking.

This means alongside other factors such as ageing, injury, weight gain, genetics and osteoarthritis, it’s not unusual for knees to undergo a certain amount of wear and tear over the years.

With each step we take our knees fight against gravity and absorb pressure. Overtime knee cartilage breaks down which will make muscle and ligaments weaker.

Maintain a healthy weight. Did you know that between 3 and 6 times a person’s body weight is placed on the knee while walking.

Add low impact exercise to your daily life. Resting your knee can be counterproductive. Things like walking, swimming, rowing, yoga , Pilates will all be of benefit.

Work on strengthening the muscles that surround your knee. Having stronger muscles, the more they can cushion your knees during movement.

Improve our posture, having your spine in neutral alignment will put you in a better position to improve flexibility and build strength and balance, all of which places less stress on the joints.

Eat a joint friendly diet. Vitamins A,C,D and K Calcium and Omega 3 have found to be particularly beneficial for joints.

Stretch regularly. Stretching the muscles that support your knees helps improve mobility across the entire joint.

Invest in the right shoes. Don’t wear flimsy and unsupported shoes. But not too stiff as that will affect the range of movement you have in your feet.
Shoes to avoid are heels as this places 23% more pressure on your knees.