Exercises for Wrinkled Knees
Ditch Those Sagging Knees For Good!
The signs of aging appear all over your body, including your knees. We’re going to talk about some exercises and tips that will help you banish unsightly wrinkles from your legs and especially your knees.
Though I’d love to tell you that this problem is as easy to fix as saggy breasts or a droopy butt, it’s just not.
Throughout your life, your knees take a beating. They bend thousands of times daily, they support your weight when you’re kneeling, and they also suffer when you don’t hydrate by drinking water and using good moisturizers.
Don’t despair though. There are still several things that you can do to help your knees look more like they belong on you instead of an elephant.
By tightening your quad muscles, it’s possible to improve the look of your knees because if those muscles are sagging, they’re not gonna look pretty. Because saggy-looking knees are a combination of poor muscle tone and poor skin, we’re going to approach this problem from both directions in order to get you the best results. Let’s do it.
Squats: These are a great exercise for strengthening the quadriceps as well as your butt. The way that they help your knees is by building the muscle on your outer thigh. One of the best things about squats is that they require little or no equipment and can be done at home, in the gym or in any other setting you can think of.
- Begin by standing tall with your feet about shoulder-width apart. You can hold onto the back of a chair or place a hand against a wall for support, or simply leave your hands by your sides.
- Keeping your knees vertical to your ankles/toes, push your butt back as if you’re going to sit in a chair. Be sure to bend your knees deeply, but only until they are right over your toes. Bending your knees past your toes can cause a great deal of damage, so be careful.
- Hold the squat position for a breath or two and then stand up straight again.
- Repeat 15 times, and do 3 sets if you can.
- Leg Extensions
- Lie on a mat with your knees up and your thighs and calves creating a ninety degree angle.
- Straighten your right leg and point your toe to the ceiling while keeping your left leg in the starting position.
- Return your right leg to the original position and repeat the movement on the left leg.
- Repeat this exercise twenty times on both legs
- Begin by sitting in a sturdy chair with both feet flat on the floor.
- Slowly straighten your right leg and point your toe out in front of you.
- Hold for a count of three and lower to the floor.
- Repeat with both legs 15 times. Do 3 sets if you can.
- Yoga and Pilates: Both of these arts have several different exercises that help you lengthen and strengthen your thighs, thus filling out those wrinkles in your knees. The best thing about yoga and Pilates is that both are low-impact forms of exercise with low risks of injury. In addition, both are excellent for your overall health in general and are great ways to get out, socialize, and meet people.
- Water: One of the main reasons that your knees get saggy is that your skin loses its elasticity as you get older. Though you can’t entirely stop this from happening, you can certainly slow the process. Your skin is the largest organ that you have and, just like your other organs, it needs water in order to stay healthy.
The thing is, your skin can perform the functions that it’s designed for even if it doesn’t get quite enough water. Your other organs can’t, so when you don’t drink enough it’s your skin that suffers because your body will take water from it first. This causes your skin to look dry and it also causes wrinkles.
The solution? Drink 8-12 glasses of water a day and use a moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid in order to hydrate and plump your skin. To read more about how hyaluronic acid can help, and to find other good ingredients to look for in a moisturizer, checkout our article on the Top 10 Anti-Aging Ingredients.
This is another type of exercise that tones both the quadriceps and the knee area. You can do leg extensions either on your back or sitting on a chair or bench.
To do them on your back:
To do leg extensions while sitting in a chair:
Once just doing the extensions alone are no longer a challenge, you can try doing them with ankle weights attached.
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