Many adults grow increasingly concerned with knee pain and arthritis as they get older. Traditional doctors are still prescribing pills and injections which provide pain relief without addressing underlying causes. This approach provides temporary relief while the condition continues to get worse. A more effective approach is to imrove movement and build strength to limit the impact that goes through your knee. The kettlebell is a great tool to accomplish this. The exercises below are some of the best kettlebell exercises for knee pain and arthritis.
The Kettlebell Step Down
This eccentric exercises is one of the best ways to build strength to protect your knee. Holding a kettlebell in one or both hands enhances this exercise by adding more resistance and increasing core engagement.
The Weighted Hip Hinge
Learning, practicing, and mastering the hip hinge is one of the most important things you can do to treat knee pain and arthritis. The weighted hip hinge uses a kettlebell to eccentrically strengthen your hamstring and glutes as well as further engrain the hip hinge movement pattern to protect your knees.
The Kettlebell Deadlift
The kettlebell deadlift is another great way to strengthen your hamstring and glutes as well as improve movement patterns. The kettlebell is a great way to SAFELY add resistance to this movement to protect both your knees and your lower back.
The Goblet Squat
The squat is another important movement to build strength and protect your knees. Holding a kettlebell while perfoming the squat adds extra resistance to build more strength. It also engages your core and upper body for more full body strength.
The Kettlebell Reverse Lunge
The lunge is one of the most functional and important exercises for knee pain. The reverse lunge is a safer and more effective variations for those dealing with pain and arthritis. Holding a kettlebell in one of both hands allows you to further build strength as well as engage your core.
The best kettlebell exercises for knee pain focus on improving mobility, movement, and strength to limit impact on the knee. Learning, understanding, and practicing these movements is the best thing you can do to solve knee pain and arthritis and maintain your lifestyle as you get older.
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