While many of us have heard that squats may harm your knees, the exercise is actually quite good for your ageing knees if you do them correctly. 

When our knees age the stabilizing muscles around them are what lose strength. It's important to focus on maintaining that strength. Keeping at a healthy weight, moving regularly and strengthening those supporting muscles are what will keep your knees healthy.  Therefore, squats are a good exercise to help strengthen your legs and the stabilizing muscles around your knees.  

Why squats?

They work your quadriceps, hamstrings, outer thighs, the glutes and your abdominals. Which all play such a huge role in supporting your knee joint. Having equal quad and hamstring strength keeps the distribution on the joint even. The outer thigh and glute strength you gain from squats, help keep the tracking of your knee straight. Meaning it doesn't over shoot your ankle or rotate inwards or outwards when walking or moving. Good core strength protects the spine, helps keep your hips stabilized which in turn also helps your knee tracking. 

We suggest doing them without weights until you are 100% certain you are doing them correctly and you have enough strength to add on weight. We're here to build strength safely. So, we suggest you consult a professional PT or physical therapist to direct you to the correct technique before attempting.

If you are currently suffering from knee pain, a good way to do a squat is in between a door frame - this way you can have some support as you bend, while it helps your balance. Squats shouldn't hurt while you're doing them, this might not be the best solution for your specific need pain. You must consult your doctor and or physician before you do any form of exercise or workout motion. This includes a squat. 

There are many other exercises that can help strengthen those supporting muscles around your knee, squats are just one of them. Make an appointment with a personal trainer or physiotherapist for professional and specific advice for your knees.