Make Over Your Workout
As we age, our joints become less forgiving. That means that some of the moves you could do with ease in your 20’ may cause pain in your 30’s and 40’s. Follow this advice to take the wincing out of your strength routine.
- Instead of rear lat pull-downs, try front la pull-downs: Lean back at a 30-degree angle and pull the bar toward your chest. Bringing the bar behind your neck loosens the front of your shoulder joint and puts your neck joint in a protruding position.
- Instead of box jumps, try step-ups: Stand behind the box with one foot on top, knee bent at 90 degrees. Bring your other foot up, then slowly lower it back to the floor. When done regularly, box jumps become stressful on the knees and hips.
- Instead of double-leg raises, try single-leg raises: Keep one knee bent, foot flat on the floor, while you lift the other leg. Then switch. If your abs are weak, lifting both legs at the same time can be taxing on the joints in your lower back.