Video – Squats, Good or Bad for Your Knees? The Answer Might Surprise You!

 

 

Dr. Kathleen Perry:

Hey, it’s Dr. Perry here. Today I want to talk to you about your hips and your knees. Those two joints are very commonly involved with degenerative arthritis and I have changed my mind about some recommendations that I used to make. So, I have been around for a while. I have been in the health and fitness industry since 1983, way back in the day when I was teaching jump around Jane Fonda style aerobics. I owned a personal training studio for a while and I used to tell my trainers, “Do not let your clients do a full squat like that!” “Be careful when they do those lunges to protect their knees!” Well guess what? In our typical day, we don’t ever take our knees and hips through their full range of motion. So if you imagine, like one of your grandkids, squatting down on the floor with their butt down on their heels playing with toys on the ground. Our knees and hip joints are designed to be able to do that full range of motion, but in our typical day we sit in chairs, we don’t ever sit on the floor, not very often at least. Therefore, your hips and knees rarely bend past 90 degrees. Now, if you already have a significant amount of arthritis and some inflammation and swelling, yeah you’re probably not going to be able to do a full squat to squat down to the ground and put your butt on your heels, so you might have to take baby steps. But, if your joints allow that motion, I recommend that you incorporate that into your day. So, maybe get down on the floor, for me I get down on the floor and brush my dogs, get something out of the cabinet in the kitchen. Instead of bending over at the waist, squat all the way down and pick it up! I think it’s a really good habit to do a full squat a few times during the day and take your hip and knee joints through their full natural range of motion. If you have any questions about issues with your hips and your knees, feel free to reach out to me and I will personally answer any questions that you have about that.

 

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