Julie says: Exercise really can help, although it will probably feel uncomfortable at first, but do try to persevere.
The advice from Arthritis Research UK is that by strengthening the leg muscles that run down your thighs into your knees, you will support the joint and reduce the symptoms. Try to do one or two of these exercises every day gradually building up how many you do.
Sit back supported in an upright chair then straighten and raise one leg, hold for 5-10 seconds and lower slowly. Try to do 10 times on each leg.
Getting up and down from a dining chair without using your hands is a great exercise. As you improve, try to increase the number you can do in 30 seconds, then a minute. You’ll be surprised how quickly you improve!
Seated leg extensions using a resistance band are one of the best exercises you can do, visit www.moveitorloseit.co.uk and click on free exercise guides for a free guide on how to do this.
- Julie Robinson is a specialist fitness instructor with a range of DVDs available at www.moveitorloseit.co.uk 0800 612 0450. Send your fitness questions to Julie via email at email@example.com
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