Lupe: My knees ache all the time and I don’t want to get injured working out. What exercises are the worst for your knees?
Megan: The knee is prone to injury but oftentimes this is due to poor form during movement patterns. For the most part, you can do all kinds of exercises but need to be sure of a few pointers. First of all, don’t use excessive weight and squat or lunge too deep, beyond range of motion which is 90 degrees and 45 degrees. When you squat, make sure the knees do not cave in. When you lunge, make sure the knee does not pass over the toe. For people like myself who have had knee surgery, I can still do deep squats and lunges but I do less weight and more repetitions. Reverse lunges instead of forward lunges ensure I don’t pass my knee over my toe so generally I feel less ache in my knees after reverse lunges as opposed to forward or walking lunges.