Do not let your knees sore derail your workout. The strengthening of the thighs is key to healthy knees, finds a study from the Mayo Clinic. Suffer from osteoarthritis with strong quads (front of thighs) were 60% less likely to lose protective cartilage of the joint. Protect your knees with these simple but effective movements; They are easy on the joints, but give your thighs a real challenge.
Do 2 sets of 10 reps on each leg for all exercises, 3 to 5 days a week.
1. Big Squeeze
Sit on floor with back straight, right leg extended, and left knee bent, foot flat. Tighten right quads, pressing back of leg toward floor. Hold for 10 and relax.
2. Thigh Tightener
In same position as above, flex right foot and lift leg about 6 inches. Hold for 6 seconds; lower.
3. Leg Lift
Sit in a chair, feet flat on floor. Straighten right leg, raising foot until leg is about parallel to floor. Hold for 6 seconds; lower.