If you suffer from knee pain, you know the impact it can have on your quality of life. It limits your ability to perform basic daily functions like bending down or taking the stairs and may even prevent you from exercising and disrupt your sleep.
Your knee pain might stem from knee replacement surgery, arthritis, an ACL tear, tendonitis, dislocation, or some other painful cause. Whether you’re recovering from an injury or surgery, or simply need to strengthen weak knees, regular cardio exercise is vital to regaining functional movement and reducing the pain. This leads to one of the most commonly asked questions…
What is the best exercise equipment for bad knees?
For starters, you want to avoid any high-impact exercise machines like a treadmill or Stairmaster. These will not only be incredibly painful but do more damage than good and place you at high risk of injury.
Instead, you want to choose a low-impact cardio machine. But “buyer beware” – not all low-impact options are safe and effective for the knees.
Weight-bearing low-impact machines such as the elliptical may place too much pressure on the knees and can cause a flare-up.
Even seated machines can be problematic! Those that rely on circular leg motion, such as exercise bikes, can trigger knee shear due to the repetitive flexion of the knee joints.
A recumbent knee-friendly cardio machine that utilizes a smooth, natural stepping motion (rather than circular motion) and takes ALL of the stress off the joints while still building muscle and endurance.
Does such a machine actually exist?
It does now! It’s called the Teeter FreeStep™.
Similar to machines you’d find in physical therapy clinics, the FreeStep is designed to be an effective and more affordable home cardio solution for those suffering from knee and joint pain.
Not to mention, with its low center of gravity and wide, naturally reclining seatback, the FreeStep offers an attractive alternative for those who have balance issues as a result of their knee and joint pain.
In a recent consumer survey, 97% of participants reported the FreeStep as a gentle, low impact exercise for the knees and back, and 93% said the FreeStep delivers LESS STRESS on the knees and back than other cardio options.
With a mission to help anyone – regardless of circumstances – live a healthier and pain-free life, the Teeter FreeStep makes it easy and painless for those with bad knees to exercise more, regain strength and movement in their knees and joints, and improve their overall quality of life.
Watch the video below to see the FreeStep in action!
My husband and I had knee replacements and this cross trainer works very well to strengthen our muscles and keep the knees stretched and flexible.
*As a rule of thumb, always consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program.