Updated: Oct 22
As the knee is the largest joint in the body, it is most often injured when a person lands abruptly by shifting the joint’s direction in a jump or fall or when they absorb a blow from the front or the side. Athletes will often complain of sore knees from past injuries. It is an unfortunate fact that many times these problems will not go away without some form of surgery and rehabilitation. Common knee injuries include meniscus, anterior cruciate alignment (ACL), medical collateral ligament (MCL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL).
If you’re recovering from a knee injury, it’s best to consult your doctor before initiating or continuing a fitness regimen. Those experiencing issues from old or new knee problems will benefit from low-impact workouts without the use of fitness machines such as hiking, swimming, yoga, Pilates, and dancing. Whereas walking can be a good form of exercise, it is best to avoid engaging hard surfaces like concrete as well as straining, extending, or squatting with your legs for this may exacerbate the knee injury.
Low impact forms of exercise can be extremely beneficial, but not always convenient. It is important to give your body time to prepare before exercise by properly warming up and stretching as well as allowing for rest and recuperation; doing so will help to aid in relieving pain and improving your ability to heal. If you’re confused about what types of machines will be most beneficial for low impact exercise, the team at California Gym Repair can help. Remember to be mindful of your body’s needs and limitations. Also, if you’re on a budget, consider used machines as they will be more affordable than new models.
There are a variety of machines on the market, from treadmills, Ellipticals, step and rowing machines, upright and recumbent bikes. How do you know which will provide the most support for your knees? Here are some tips and ideas for choosing the right low impact exercise machines.
The most common exercise machine for the rehab of knee injuries are recumbent bikes. Upright bikes are often helpful down the line for healthier knee joints as they require stronger range and power of motion in the joints. The good thing about recumbent bikes for knee support is that they redistribute body weight by allowing the rider to sit comfortably in a reclined position. You have the control to move the seat forward or backward to maintain optimum comfort and range. By keeping the hips and legs straight, the rider can prevent strain on the knees.
Spirit Home Fitness produces an affordable recumbent bike that features mesh seat back for better comfort as well as twenty levels of resistance, a twenty-four pound flywheel and over sized foot pedals with a two-degree inward slant to facilitate a more natural feel. Bodycraft also produces a more affordable space-saving recumbent bike that features a wider step through as w ell as over sized comfortable seating, a silent-ride magnetic resistance for a quieter machine, and an adjustable seat to fit most users in forty-each inches of space.
Explore California Gym Repair’s website, and don't hesitate to call and speak with us today, our knowledgeable sales staff will outfit you with the correct machine to fit your budget and aid you achieving your fitness goals.