Exercise: How You Can Stay Active Even In Your 50’s And 60’s!

Quick question: Are there ever any annoying ‘small pains’ in your knees when you’re running or walking?…

If not then that’s great! But even so, experiencing slight soreness in your knees is something to keep aware of when exercising regularly, and I’ll tell you why…

A patient who has been coming to my clinic for a while now, Sherry, 54, Lake Charles –  made an appointment with me the other week because her knee had been bothering him and she didn’t know why…

Sherry disregarded the soreness as ‘normal’, and like most people who go running often, she originally walked it off – as after all, she didn’t think an achy knee was that bad.

In fact, Sherry told me she thought that it was something that just ‘happens with age!’

The truth is, age doesn’t actually factor into it!

Any of us can experience an ache in our knees at any time if we’re not careful.

It turned out that within minutes of looking at Sherry’s sore knee, that she actually has joint stiffness in the ankle and knee, resulting in her pain.

She attended a few sessions focusing on improving that mobility of the knee and ankle joints and a combination of movements designed to get Sherry’s body back in top running shape, she was off and no longer walking around putting up with knee pain – which she originally thought was ’normal’ and something she could run through.

Many of us suffer from nagging aches and pains and yet we continue to go running outside, use the treadmill at the gym and go for long walks at the weekend.

Often we might have muscle weakness or joint stiffness that we don’t even feel, and without looking after the body, these can soon creep up on us and turn into an injury that stops us from doing the things we enjoy the most for a number of weeks!

I usually tell patients I see this, to look at any ache and pain if you like, as a warning sign telling you to act fast before something goes wrong.

So what can you do about it?…

Of course you have the option to carry on as you are and do nothing about it or try one of those knee sleeves that might ease the soreness for a while but won’t really take the pain away or prevent any injuries…

You could choose to speak to a Physical Therapist and get some solid advice. You can discover ways to injury proof your knees so that you can run pain free for years to come knowing your knees are safe!

Don’t worry, there are plenty of simple things that you can do to injury proof your body even from the comfort of your very own home.

For more tips on how to injury proof your body like this, and to prevent yourself from getting injured (again and again)…

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Ashley Hornsby, MPT