The Best Exercise Video for Bad Knees

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The Best Exercise Video for Bad Knees
Certain types of exercise videos will help you protect your knees. (knee xray image by JASON WINTER from Fotolia.com)

When you have bad knees, working out presents a challenge. Staying in shape without pain can be difficult; however, the best exercise videos for bad knees can help you maintain your muscle tone and even lose weight without further damaging your knees. Check with your doctor before beginning any workout program. Once you have the go-ahead, check out the best exercise videos for bad knees on DVD and start getting fit.

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On the Ball Pilates Workout for Beginners

People with knee injuries or chronic problems such as arthritis often find that yoga classes can make their knee issues worse. While stretching can help strengthen and elongate the muscles in your legs, the kinds of bends that yoga requires can actually be counterproductive for those with knee problems. A Pilates video can solve this problem. Focusing on the core, Pilates workouts stress the importance of supporting all of your movements through your abdominals. Therefore, a lot of the "On the Ball Pilates Workout for Beginners" takes place on the floor or on an exercise ball, working your stomach muscles and stretching your arms and legs without putting stress on your knees. This workout strengthens your abdominals, back and core, while increasing your mobility and flexibility.

The Stretching DVD

Maintaining and increasing your flexibility is extremely important when you have knee issues. By keeping your leg muscles flexible, you can protect your knee and help it to heal faster, preventing further injury. Because of this, stretching is just as important as building strength. "The Stretching DVD" provides a series of stretches and exercises to improve both your strength and flexibility, and also addresses common issues such as back pain, sports injuries, athletic ability and posture.

Eliminate Knee Pain Now!

One of the only exercise videos created exclusively to address knee pain, "Eliminate Knee Pain Now!" takes the advice of Chantal Donnelly, a physical therapist, and puts it to practical use, giving viewers the chance to keep in shape and even improve the motion of their knees, eliminating pain in the process. Donnelly has divided the DVD into several sections, including a seven-minute mini-workout in addition to the longer one, possible modifications to the exercises to make them suitable even for beginners, detailed explanations for each exercise that include their purpose, and self-massage techniques you can use to relieve your knee pain at home.

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