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19 Sep 2006

Knees and aerobix
I am 25 years old. For the last 6 years I haven't been very active. I just started doing aerobix in the effort to try and get my figure back. Since I started my knees have been acing. The only time it aces is during exercise, especially high impact - jumping and such. I have never had trouble with my knees before. Could my choice of footwear have anything to do with this or must I have my knees checked. There are some older and "fatter" ladies in the class who can do much more of the exercises and this bothers me.

Another thing - when I try to do one of the exercises (lying on my back and low cycling) it is as if the bone going into my bottom "pops" when I staighten my leg. Is this normal - it doesn't hurt?

Will I ever be able to stretch and reach my toes if I have never been able to do so?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Meraai

I think that your knee problems are probably being caused by the impact of exercise that you are now doing. It does take time for the joints and muscles to adapt, and I suspect that you probably started out a little too fast and now you are paying for it. That's a guess, I admit, but it often happens that new exercisers feel some pain during exercise. What I would suggest is that you just back off the training slightly - if you were going four times a week, cut it back to 2 or 3, just for a couple of weeks and then you can resume your normal training programme. Hopefully this helps. If it doesn't, then I would suggest you see a physio or a biokineticist, because there may be a muscle weakness or problem that needs to be sorted out first.

As for the second question, I'm not sure what the cause may be - there are people who have lax joints and who do have this sensation, but it's not serious. If you strengthen the muscles, it will help and is probably advisable.

Good luck
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