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Status:Closed    Asked:Apr 26, 2013 - 02:20 PM

Im new to exercise & started incorporating squats into my routine & notice I have knee pain after sitting at work for a while. Am I doing them wrong?

I have never had any knee pain before, but am a novice when it comes to exercise and training. I began incorporating squats into my exercise routine the last few weeks, and now after sitting at work for awhile, my knees hurt very bad when I stand up from my chair. Any suggestions? Should I avoid doing squats or lunges for awhile? What should I do in place of them?

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Getting started is often the hardest part of any exercise program, and you’ve already taken that first step — good for you.

Knee pain after adding squats to your workout can be caused by a number of things. For example, you may be doing too much, too soon; your workload may be too heavy; and/or your body alignment while performing squats may be incorrect. In addition, your knee joint may have been unstable before adding squats to your routine, and adding a heavy workload may have aggravated the problem.

Whatever the case, since you are experiencing persistent pain, you need to be evaluated by a medical professional — so considering making an appointment with your health care provider.

Beginners often benefit from a pre-conditioning program to address joint stability and mobility issues before progressing to more advanced levels of exercise. A certified fitness professional can design a safe and effective strength training program tailored to your needs — and reduce your risk of landing on the sidelines with another injury.

Here is a video describing how to properly perform a squat, which you may find helpful.



Apr 26, 2013 - 02:23 PM

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