High Knee Exercises

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Exercising is important for everyone at every age. Exercising gives you more energy, burns calories, gets your blood flowing and just makes you feel good. High knee exercises work your core, your thighs and your lower back. Using high knee exercises gives you a greater range of motion for your knees and your hips. Start out slow with your exercising and then add more repetitions for greater results.

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Marching

Start your exercise routine by stretching the muscles in your thighs. Do some high knee lifts, starting slowly at first. You want to slowly lift your legs alternately, bending your knees as if you were marching. You will want to do about 20 repetitions with each leg and then speed up the marching to almost a run. Keep lifting your knees high to get the full effect of the exercise.

Other parts of your body you want to be aware of are your arms and your back. Your back should be kept straight at all times and if you want even more benefit from the knee lift exercises, move your arms back and forth as well. This helps give you balance.

Skipping

Be a kid again and go skipping along the sidewalk, the track or wherever it is you exercise. Skip just as you did when you were a child. You will want to be conscious of your skipping by making sure that you raise your knees up as high as you can. This is an exercise that not only helps the muscles of your core and thighs, but also increases your heart rate considerably, depending on how long you skip. You can start by setting a small goal of three minutes of high knee skipping and gradually increase the length of time for the exercise as you get stronger.

Skipping Rope

Skipping rope to help you develop your high knee exercises. With this exercise you can jump with both knees together or work by alternating lifting your knees. Here again, be conscious of making sure that your knees come up high. You want to make sure you can pull your knees up to your chest.

If you cannot get your knees to your chest at the beginning, that gives you something to work toward. Test yourself by seeing how many times you can skip rope, bringing your knees up as high as you can. This is a good place to set your base and work toward increasing the number of times you can skipping rope by adding five jumps each day or each exercise session.

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