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So I began having some knee trouble, and the next thing I knew, I found myself in physical therapy. Now I sorta limped walked into the physical therapy center with a smirk on my face.  I was in the best shape of my life!  I had recently broken my record for the mile run, without even trying to make that PR; I was just completing some interval training.  I maintained a regular workout regimen that balanced cardio and weight lifting.  My legs were not weak, and I had the strongest core I’d ever experienced.  So, what was a physical therapist going to give me to work on?

Well, turns out in our assessment that I neglected some muscles important to maintaining knee stabilization – that inner and outer thigh strength.  Now, I had included side lunges twice a week.  Apparently that’s not enough.

By incorporating inner & outer leg lifts and a “clamshell” workout into your weight routine, you’ll develop all the muscles in your legs and contribute to the stability in your knees.

Incorporating these exercise to further balance out my leg strength has been very helpful in alleviating some of the pain and strengthening the joint.  Good points is that these exercises are easily done while reading or watching the Today show.  Bad point is that I never want to do them when I go to the gym!

~ Happy Trails ~