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Prevent knee issues

Running being bad for your knees is a myth, especially if you strengthen your leg muscles in the right way with these exercises, says Anne-Marie Lategan


Running damages your knees? That’s a myth. If you strengthen the muscles in your legs and keep all the muscles flexible you will not damage your knees through running.

This programme will help to strengthen the muscles in your legs and help protect your knees. There are also a few balancing exercises, as leg muscles can only be as strong as the nerves supplying them. In other words, if you have poor balance your injury risk will be higher.


Use a dynamic warm-up to increase your heart rate and blood circulation. Stand on your right leg and step forward and backwards. Repeat 10 times and then repeat on the other side.

►Sets and reps

Perform two sets of 15 repetitions of each exercise at least twice per week.

►Cool down

Ensure you stretch your back, hip flexors, front thighs, back of thighs and calf muscles. Hold each stretch for at least 40-60 seconds. Holding your stretches for only a short period of time will improve your mobility but not your flexibility.


To increase the intensity of your workout, use a stronger resistance band. You could also increase the repetition and add an additional set.

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