Owww - My Knee!!! (Stacia Naquin)

By: Stacia Naquin
By: Stacia Naquin

Knee pain is NOT fun! Here's what I'm doing to keep my joints healthy and pain free, while still challenging myself in my workouts:

Arghhhhhh - it’s been a rough week for my workouts. I want to keep challenging myself. But something is getting in the way… my knee. My left knee to be exact. It keeps trying to give out on me!

I’ve had trouble with my knee ever since I ran a half marathon about three years ago. I was in my final half-mile and running down a hill. All of a sudden, my knee kind of buckled and then there was a sharp pain. Owww!!! But I kept going… because I was in my last half-mile!! I had to finish!!

So since then, my knee goes through phases where it likes to give me trouble. I had it looked at, but the doc couldn’t determine what was wrong. So, I just ease up when it acts up, because here’s what I definitely don’t want… for my other knee to have to overcompensate so much that then IT becomes the troubled knee.

I know I’m not alone in dealing with knee pain – it’s a pain on so many levels!!! I don’t want to give up my cardio, because I don’t want to lose progress.

I’ve talked a lot about this with my trainer, Jerod Langness with 24-hour Fitness. He’s always very aware of my knee woes as we go through workouts.

Here’s what he had to say for anyone dealing with similar joint issues: “Depending on your fitness level or injury, your cardio may vary.  You may be limited by your range of motion and the amount of resistance your joints can handle.”

“One easy way to start off is on a stationary bike with your seat raised to lessen the range of motion in your hips,” said Langness.  “As you progress and can handle more resistance, you can move on to an elliptical machine.  You can use the treadmill or stair climber when you know your joints are able to handle the impact.”

He also suggested I try swimming, instead of running. That seemed to work well. There was no pounding of the joints, which helped a lot.

I just have to find a good balance of challenging myself, without hurting myself. And it may take time, but in the end, it’s all about being healthy. And that includes having healthy (pain free) joints too!

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